My friend and I are planning to fly from Sydney, Australia into Queenstown, NZ in late November and plan to spend 8-9 nights in the South Island before flying to Auckland (staying 5 days there). Unfortunately my friend is doing all the driving as I don't know how to drive so as I am planning our itinerary, I need to be mindful of how much driving we do (my friend wants ideally MAX 3 hours each way). So Milford Sound is almost a 4 hour drive from Queenstown, would you guys recommend maybe a day tour instead so we will be picked up by a bus-- if so, what kinda tours will max the experience of visiting Milford Sound (I am okay with anything except for helicopter rides, maybe a combo of hiking/kayaking...cruise will be okay).
This is my preliminary itinerary in the South Island...I've left some blanks because I am clueless!
1- arrive in Queenstown (explore the town)
2- Milford Sound (day tour so we do not need to drive; stay in Queenstown)
3- pick up car and day trip to Te Anau (overnight in Queenstown)
4- Wanaka and stay 1 night here
5*** any overnight stop between Wanaka to Franz Josef, suggestions please ***
6- Franz Josef (overnight stay)
7- ***overnight stay anywhere between Franz Josef to Christchurch***
8-***overnight stay anywhere between Franz Josef to Christchurch***
9 Christchurch (stay overnight and fly to Auckland the next day)
Thank you all in advance for your advice. If you guys have any other spots you think I should do instead, staying more than 1 night at a spot or anything else, please feel free to let me know! Thanks!!!Edited: 21 August 2018, 14:27