Hello--We are planning to drive between Queenstown and Fox Glacier next January. Can you make a recommendation for how much time to allow for this drive? I read in some previous posts that it's not recommended to drive after dark, and that in Jan/Feb it can be light up until 9:00 PM. If we left Queenstown around 8:00 AM, is it feasible that we could get to Fox Glacier in the same day? We would like to allow time to stop and see many of the walks/sights along the road. Or would you recommend we only try to go halfway in one day? If so, where is the best stopping point? (We will not have camping supplies with us.)
Also, we had to make some difficult choices and we are choosing not to go to Mt. Cook/Mt. Cook Village because it's somewhat out of the way and we have limited time. We are choosing the coastal drive up to Fox Glacier instead. My question is if we are really missing out by not going to Mt. Cook. Adding another day is not an option for us because we are already planning a variety of other activities around the rest of the South Island. I know that all of the choices are good options, and it's just a matter of picking one great choice from a list of equally great choices, but...I just wanted to make sure we are choosing the right thing. Thank you so much for your advice.