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My wife and I are traveling in New Zealand from October 30 to November 22. We our both in our 70’s. Adventure sports, hiking, fishing, resorts, wine tastings are definitely not items on our agenda. Our main interest while traveling is photography. That makes our travel times much longer than what shows up in the GPS or aa.co/nz Maps. Our vacations are self-drive staying either one night or two in on location. We are planning of renting bachs through airbnb.com or homeawy.com. So far the only lodging we have booked is the first 2 night in Auckland

After some research and looking at the Fodor’s forums we have revised our itinerary.

October 30 Arrive Auckland 7:30 am (we are aware of the Auckland Marathon)
October 31 Auckland area
November 1 Drive to Rotorua
November 2 Drive to Raetihi or Okakune
November 3 Drive to Wellington
November 4 Wellington
November 5 Fly to Christchurch
November 6 Christchurch
November 7 Drive to Tekapo or Twizel
November 8 Mt Cook and return to Tekapo or Twizel
November 9 Drive to Queenstown
November 10 Queenstown area
November 11 Drive to Te Anau
November 12 Milford Sound boat trip and return to Te Anau
November 13 Drive to Wanaka
November 14 Wanaka area
November 15 Drive to Fox Glacier or Franz Joseph
November 16 Explore glacier area
November 17 Drive to Hokitika
November 18 Drive to Punakaiki and return
November 19 Drive over Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch
November 20 Christchurch
November 21 Christchurch
November 22 Fly from Christchurch 2:00 PM to Auckland for 7:30 PM flight to Los Angeles

Comments on the proposed routing will be greatly appreciated. We will be making the loop from Christchurch to Queenstown to Franz Joseph to Arthur’s Pass back to Christchurch. As shown above we are going clockwise. Is that the best direction or would it be better to go counterclockwise?

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