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10 nites in South Island, New Zealand

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We are a family of 3 including a 12 yr old who are travelling to NZ - South Island for a 10 nite trip. After reading through all the posts which had advise from Annhig / deSchenke / Melnq8 / Tasmangirl and with generous feedback from Annhig / deSchenke the below itinerary has been drafted.. Even though I doubt this will be our last trip to NZ, we would like to do the "MUST" do sights and sounds... But you never know :-)

A few points of clarification / advise -

1) We are planning a self drive starting from Queenstown and ending at Christchurch. Any advise and experience on this plan would be highly appreciated both in terms of feasibility and costs.
2) On the accommodation front, we are planning to stay at Top 10 Holiday Parks wherever avbl. Any feedback / inputs would be highly appreciated.
3) If we can extend by a nite or two, which places would you recommend from the current itinerary or along the route?


Day 1 - Arrive in Queenstown [2 nights]

Day 2 - Explore Queenstown

Day 3 - Leave after breakfast for Milford Sound Cruise. Planning to drive. Pls advise. Overnight on Cruise - one night

Day 4 - leave boat and drive to Wakana [2 nights]

Day 5 - Explore Wanaka

Day 6 - Leave Wanaka and drive to FJ.

Day 7 - Overnight in Franz Glacier [2 nights]

Day 8 - Leave Franz Josef after breakfast and head to Hanmer Springs. Overnight in Hanmer Springs (is there a better option?) [1 night]

Day 9 - Leave Hanmer Springs n drive to Christchurch via Kaikoura. Reach CC by evening

Day 10 - Spend the day in CC [2 nights]

Day 11 - Leave for Melbourne

That gives you 2 nights in QT, 1 on the cruise], 2 in Wanaka, 2 in FJ, one in Hanmer Springs, 2 in Christchurch = 10 nights.

Melnq8 - hope this new thread helps... Look forward to hearing from you... TIA !!

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