As part of a two month trip to Oz and NZ and after perusing the LP and Rough Guides, we've decided that we want to concentrate on the north-east of the sound island despite advice from friends who've been to Milford & Doubtful Sounds, FJ, QT etc. Any comments on this decision? This is our first draft itinerary. We're staying with Aucklanders and will explore NI for a few days first and then return to spend Xmas with them. Were young 55s,like walking (rather than real tramping!), scenic views, the sea, cafes, townlife, boat trips and would like to try kayaking.
10 Dec Fly to Wellington, stay overnight
11 Ferry to Picton, stay MS
12 Sat Marlborough Sounds
13 Sun Marlborough Sounds
14 Depart MS/Arrive Nelson
17 Depart Nelson/Arrive Kaikoura
18 Boat trip/Depart Kaikoura/Arrive Christchurch
19 Sat Christchurch
20 Sun Christchurch & nearby peninsula
21 Depart Christchurch/Fly to Auckland
Do you think that one afternoon, evening and a morning approx will be enough time in Wellington? As we want to explore the Sounds, would it be best to stay in Picton or Havelock or could we explore easily from, say, the Bay of Many Coves? We'll hire a car but may leave it until after we leave the Sounds perhaps getting one from Picton.
We normally visit France and Italy so we're well out of our comfort zone!
Thanks in anticipation.