After wanting to visit New Zealand for years we've finally booked the flights and car hire and will arrive at the end of February.We have ideas of the places we want to visit but not sure how to plan it to be able to include it all. We definitely want to visit Milford Sound and Abel Tasman This is the rough itinerary we have come up with any suggestions welcome. We are planning on walking and kayaking in as many places as possible.
Day 1 - arrive Christchurch late afternoon from the UK
Day 2 - explore Christchurch on foot and maybe cycle tour and Gondola ride. Picking hire car up late afternoon ready to set off early next morning.
Day 3 - Drive Christchurch to Twizel stopping at Lake Tekapo enroute.
Day 4 - Twizel to Mt Cook, walk part of Hooker Valley track and kayak on glacial lake. Stay overnight
Day 5 - Mt Cook to Queenstown
Day 6 - Queenstown
Day 7 - Queenstown to Te Anau
Day 8 - Milford Sound kayaking with transport provided to and from Te Anau.
Day 9- Te-Anau to Wanaka
Day 10- Wanaka to Franz Josef
Day 11 Glacier walk
Day 12 Kayak at Franz Josef then drive to Hokitika
Day 13 Hokitika to Abel Tasman -not sure whether to go via Arthurs Pass or up west coast.
Day 14 Abel Tasman walk / kayak
Day 15- Abel Tasman
Day 16 Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs
Day 18 Hanmer Springs to airport fly from Christchurch at 16.55
We have one day spare to slot in, any suggestions welcome as to where we should spend an extra night in the itinerary. Look forward to any advice offered.