I am coming to NZ in December with the family, 2 young boys, 5 and 3. I have planned out the first part thru the North Island and find myself in Picton after arrival on the ferry. Since my planning has already taken us on a full day train from AKL to Wellington, I don't really want to take another train down to ChristChurch and then again back to greymouth.
Nelson looks like a very nice spot for a couple days of relaxing. Queenstown is our ultimate destination and I was wondering about travel down that way from Nelson.
I don't want to rent a car on the North Island but it is an option for the SI. Is there a good itinerary heading south from Nelson by car. Should I rent in Picton or Nelson, or am I better off relying on buses. probably have about 2 weeks for this portion but would like to make Queenstown a base camp for about a week before flying home.
Any insight is much appreciated.