Hi all, we have 40 days to visit New Zealand (Oct.28-Dec.7). I think that a year would not be sufficient. A quick travel overview with days circled. Auckland(3),fly to Christchurch(2) (pick up car), Dunedin(2),Queenstown(3),Wanaka(2), Franz Josef Glacier(2), Hokitika(2),Westport(1), Nelson(2), Blenheim(2), Wellington(4), Taupo(5), Napier(2), Gisborne(1),Whakatane(1),Waitomo(2),Whangarei(1),
Kerikeri(1),Kaitaia(2), back to Auckland.
Any suggestions to improve our itinerary? We plan to do some hiking(not our primary holiday goal). We like 3-4 hour hikes. The Routeburn Encounter (Queenstown area),
and the Tongariro Crossing, and Waihohonu Traverse (Tongariro National Park) are 6-8 hour treks. Are these hikes that must be completed to be appreciated?
Thanks for all your help.