Hi I'll b arriving on the South Island on the 15th and plan to do the queen Charlotte track and Abel Tasman park for a few days. I need to make my way south after that but not sure whether to do east or west coast first. Where would be a good place to go for Christmas day and Boxing Day? Somewhere with a bit of life for backpackers? We plan to get as far as Dunedin or Queenstown for New Year as they're too far south to make it for Christmas.