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My wife and I are planning a trip of about 40 days to New Zealand starting end-January, and would appreciate thoughts on our proposed itinerary below. Our thanks for all the useful info on this forum that have helped us already.

But first some background on what we’re looking for: In addition to the obvious scenic sights, we’re interested in hiking (the DOC website makes me want to get on the plane right away), biking (more road or road-like than mountain biking) and wildlife viewing. On the cultural front, we are interested in history, insights into Maori or paheka culture and living, and modern/contemporary art. (We have guidebooks like Lonely Planet and Fodors so we should be aware of the better known sights, but suggestions on lesser known items would be very welcome.) When the itinerary permits, we’d also like to intersperse a string of days that are nature-filled with an urban dose. And perhaps most importantly, since we have the luxury of a lot of time, we want to slow things down where possible and be able to just hang out in a café or read and not feel the pressure to keep sightseeing all the time. So in the itinerary, we’ve generally tried to spend 3 nights in most locations even if it means giving up certain places like Abel Tasman and Nelson, Bay of Islands, the Coromandel peninsula, or a stay at Lake Taupo.

We’d also appreciate any suggestions for bed and breakfasts. While we’d do self-catering motels or apartments in many locations so we don’t have to eat out all the time, in the places where we won’t do that, we’d like to stay at a B&B so we can get to talk with the owners, rather than stay in a regular hotel.

Our proposed itinerary:
3 nights (ie 2 full days) in Glenorchy (after flying into Queenstown from Sydney)
1 overnight near Clyde (maybe Arrowtown) before biking part of Otago Central Rail Trail starting Clyde in am
4 nights Te Anau
3 nights Mt Cook
1 night Oamaru (via Waitaki Valley)
2 nights Dunedin
3 nights Wanaka
3 nights Fox or Franz Joseph Glacier area
2 nights Punakaiki
3 nights Kaikoura (via Arthur’s Pass)
3 nights Blenheim - wine country
3 nights Wellington
3 nights Rotorua
5 nights Auckland (via Waitomo) incl day trip to Waiheke island
Total: 39 nights

Our longest drives appear to be Wellington-Rotorua (6 hours) and Te Anau-Mt. Cook and Punakaiki-Kaikoura (about 5.5 hours each). This is probably about as far as we want to drive in a day, since we want to have time to be able to stop at places that are interesting en route.

Thanks in advance.

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