We are planning to travel to New Zealand in mid-June. We enjoy outside activities (kayaking, hiking, etc.) as well as museums and cultural opportunities. We will have a 10 year old with us and a 68 year old and ages in between for about 5-7 people. We are interested in activities that are less than touristy in addition to the "can't miss" sights.
I am not a skier, but would like to see a glacier. We don't mind the cold, but I would prefer to not be stuck in a blizzard. We think we will have about a month in the country. We will have a budget so we do need to have some suggestions that are free or low cost. I also really, really want to see a kiwi bird!
Do you have recommendations of places to go, places to see, places to stay, and approximate lengths of time? (I have been looking at Aukland and areas north, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, and perhaps the northern end of the southern island.)