I am planning to fly to Auckland from Mumbai on 27th Feb 2013 for my honeymoon. Your valuable feedback on below plan would be very much appreciated.
Land in Auckland at 11.45 pm.
Check-in to hotel around 2 am.
Day 1 - Auckland city tour - Sky tower, Mt. Eden, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay Beach. Auckland nightlife
Day 2 - Drive to Bay of Islands in afternoon - Cape Reinga - Overnight in Bay of Islands
Day 3 - Hole in the Rock cruise. Head back to Auckland for overnight stay
I wish to cover the following in South Island (not in this order) + additional input is most welcome:
Tranzalpine train to greymouth or similar - punakaiki - arthur pass - franz joseph - mt. cook - wanaka -queenstown -te anau -milford sound and/or doubtful sound- glenorchy
Day 4 - fly to Christchurch or Queenstown
Option 1: Fly to Christchurch and eventually fly from queenstown to auckland to mumbai
Option 2: Fly to Queenstown-drive north and then fly from Christchurch to Auckland to Mumbai
(need help on itinerary to cover the above areas of interest)
I have 12 days in NZ in total. I will be the only person driving throughout the trip so want it a bit relaxed. Also, if someone could enlighten on the driving distances and appropriate hotels for overnight stay keeping in mind the above attractions.
Is it OK to skip Franz Joseph if i am covering Mt. Cook and the Glacier Explorers.
Thanks in Advance