Hi Fellow Travelers,
I am writing to obtain some advice on our upcoming self drive holiday for our honeymoon! (Yes i know why are we not sitting on a beach some where relaxing). Me being an aspiring nature photographer and Mr being an adventure seeker, NZ is the perfect destination for us.
So we have 10 day in which to travel the South Island, I have chosen some must see destinations and I have not gone nuts from what i have calculated in terms of driving ( Mr will be the only one driving, I am just there to get us lost). Below is a very brief itinerary i have drafted. Your reviews and input on time and things we must see and do are very much appreciated!
March 25 - Arrive 3:00 PM NZ time in Queenstown - We will be spending a total of 2 nights in Queenstown
March 26 - Milford Sounds Coach and Cruise Trip - Late return
March 27 - Queenstown explore for half of the day (Lake Wakatipu) Wanaka via Arrowtow (Wanaka late arrival)
March 28 - Wanaka - Explore Town and National Park
March 29- Early Departure Wanaka to Glacier Country - Fox Glacier (Arrival time 11:00am approx )
March 30 - Glacier Country
March 31 -Depart early to Greymouth
April 1 - Depart Greymouth to Hanmer Springs
April 2 - Explore Hanmer Springs - Late departure to Christchurch
April 3 - Christchurch
April 4 - Home to Australia
Please let me know what your thought are on this brief outline. I am really after information on where we should spend less time or other locations we should spend more time in and if you consider it to be a little to rushed or about right?.
For us Milford Sounds, glacier and Wanaka are a must, although I would love to travel to Mt Cook, in our time span it is just too much back tracking .
Also, a very vague topic on the internet is spending money in New Zealand we are budgeting AU $130 per person per day, this is on top of car hire, fuel, accommodation and major tours and activity expenses which will have their own budget allocation, will this be enough or are we way off? . We want to travel comfortably!
Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to your advice!