We are planning to travel to the South Island for only 7 days in mid-September, and after much debate have decided to spend our time in Nelson-Tasman-Marlborough region to take advantage of the warmer and drier spring climate. We've put together an itinerary, but are concerned its too much driving time and would love some feedback.
A bit of background on us: this will be the second part of our honeymoon after a week in Fiji. We'll be on a budget while in NZ - thinking private rooms in hostels and perhaps a few B&Bs. We're experienced backpackers and hikers, but we're trying to travel light so won't have a tent with us. Our priorities are hiking and seeing the scenery, but would love to squeeze in skiing and wine tasting if possible too! We'll have a rental car the whole time.
Fly into CHC late on September 10th
Depart for Methven on September 11th
Ski at Mt. Hutt on September 12th
Drive from Methven to Nelson on September 13th
Trek from Awaroa to Marahau on the Coast Track- September 14th-15th
Leave for Renwick September 16th - Winetasting
Drive Renwick - Christchurch September 17th
Fly out of CHC at 15:00 September 18th
Is the drive from Methven to Nelson way too far to do in one day? Should we stopover in Hanmer Springs instead and scrap the Mt Hutt visit? We're considering scrapping the wine touring as well in favor of visiting Marlborough Sound - can this be done in one day? We live in Seattle, very close to a lot of skiing and Whistler, BC in Canada- has anyone skiied both ? How does the skiing in NZ compare to the skiing in the US?
Sorry - lots of questions I know, but our trip is just far too short to fit it all in :(. Thanks for your help!