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Hello! We're planning our 3 week honeymoon to New Zealand in March 2014. We originally planned to visit both islands but after much research and reading all of the itineraries and trip reports here, we've decided to just do the South Island. We hate to skip the North but there's just too much to do and not enough time! We don't want to drive huge distances everyday so we've planned our itinerary with 2 nights in most locations, with the exception of a few long driving days.

We're planning to rent a car and bring our tent so we can spend half of our time camping, and stay in hotels/B&B's the other half (this is our honeymoon after all!).

Here's our itinerary so far - any thoughts or suggestions welcome! This version is based on flying into Christchurch then making our way to Marlborough but we were also thinking about flying straight into Blenheim (via Auckland) so we have more time to enjoy the wineries or perhaps do more hiking. Thanks in advance!!

Day 1 - fly NYC to Los Angeles / Los Angeles to Auckland
Day 2 - in flight
Day 3 - arrive Auckland, connecting flight to Christchurch, early afternoon arrival, overnight Christchurch
Day 4 - drive to Hanmer Springs
Day 5 - drive to Blenheim via Kaikoura
Day 6 - Marlborough wineries
Day 7 - wineries or Picton in the AM, drive to Nelson in the afternoon, overnight in Nelson
Day 8 - Abel Tasman
Day 9 - Abel Tasman
Day 10 - drive to Punakaiki
Day 11 - drive to Franz Josef
Day 12 - Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers, Lake Matheson
Day 13 - drive to Wanaka
Day 14 - day hike somewhere near Wanaka
Day 15 - maybe another hike, overnight in Arrowtown
Day 16 - drive to Te Anau
Day 17 - Milford Sound cruise or kayak, overnight Te Anau
Day 18 - hike to Key Summit of Routeburn Track, drive to Queenstown
Day 19 - Queenstown
Day 20 - morning in Queenstown, fly back to NYC

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