We are a family of 6 including children planning a road trip of south island during May ( FIRST 3 WEEKS) next year. . We prefer to have a relaxed tour hence have planned longer stays at various points and also have not tried to cover every thing in South Island. We fly into Christ church and the following is a tentative schedule. Kindly advise if this is feasible and if any additions deletions need to be made.
Day 1 - Fly into Christchurch around Noon
Day 2 - Christchurch local tour
Day 3 – Hire car drive to Mount Cook Leave 9 AM Arrive Mt Cook by 2.30 PM Explore
Day 4 – Mount cook – Glacier boat ride, Short walk
Day 5 – Drive to Te Anau Leave by 8 AM reach by 3 Pm.
Day 6 – Explore Te Anau - Day walk, Glow worm caves
Day 7 - Milford tour by coach and back to Te Anau
Day 8 – Te Anau planning to have a farm stay. Spend this day in the farm
Day 9 - Drive to arrow town Explore, drive to queenstown reach by 3 PM
Day 10 – Queens town - Glenorchy day trip Shotoverjet or dart river??
Day 11 – Queenstown explore - gondola, lube, segway
Day 12 – Queenstown ?activity, ? just hang around relax
Day 13, Fly to nelson, pickup car drive to Marahau stay there
Day 14– Marahau - kayak, day walk Abel Tasman
Day 15 - Marahau - ? activity
Day 16 – Drive to Punakaiki Leave by 10 Am Reach by 3.00PM explore Stay
Day 17 - Drive to Christchurch via Greymouth , Arthur pass Reach by 4.00Pm
Day 18 - Kaikoura whale watch and return. Is it better to day tour by coach or self drive ? or
Day tour to Hanmer spring by coach or selfdrive? Return to Christchurch
Day 19 –Fly out of Christchurch
Some clarification needed are:
Is driving from Mount cook to Te anau feasible? There are two of us driving
Any other family friendly activities in Queenstown ?
Is a car required in Marahau? Can I take a coach from Nelson to Marahau considering we are spending most of time in Marahau? If a car is available any suggestions on where we can go as a day tour on day 15
Finally the last part - is kaikoura or Hanmer Springs better for a family especially with children? We have time only to do one. Also is a coach tour better or self drive - Was wondering if coach is easier as the last part of tour. Thank you in advance. Any suggestions are welcome