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45 days (hopefully) final itinerary

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Hey there! Could you give me your thoughts and suggestions on my itinerary? I've whittled it down to this after a LOT of help!
Reaching Christchurch late evening on the 1st of May. Trip starts May 2 onwards!

Christchurch:
May 2: one-hour open top double decker tour of the city (to get acquainted) in the morning, visit the Antarctic Centre in the afternoon. Re: Start Mall :)
May 3: Multi-attraction city pass (tram, gondola and botanical gardens tour) and maybe a walking tour of Christchurch at 11 a.m. if time permits.

Lake Tekapo:
May 4: leave for Tekapo from Christchurch by coach in the morning. 1 hour ice skating lessons at Tekapo Springs in the afternoon! :D Earth and Sky stargazing at Mt. John's observatory at night.

Mt. Cook:
May 5: reach Mt.Cook early morning by coach. Glacier Explorers tour at 11 a.m. conducted by the Hermitage Hotel. Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre in the afternoon. Big Sky stargazing at night. (Looking forward to the meteor shower!)
May 6: Hooker Valley guided walk - full or half day depending on how lazy I get!
May 7: Rest day because I'm pretty sure I'll need it! :)

Wanaka:
May 8: reach late evening. (Cook connection shuttle to Wanaka via Twizel)
May 9: Skydiving in the morning! Lake Wanaka in the afternoon. Cinema Paradiso for a movie later in case I want to unwind.
May 10: Jetboat and wilderness walk (at 11 a.m.) half day tour by Wanaka River Journeys.
May 11: Puzzling world and sightseeing. (River Clutha, maybe?)

Dunedin:
May 12: (If Alpine Connexions runs their Otago Rail Travel Transport that day - They said they would if there is demand on that day - then Taieri Gorge Railway from Wanaka to Pukerangi and then to Dunedin.) If not, Wanaka to Dunedin by a regular coach run by the same company.
May 13: Headfirst Travels tour - Larnach Castle + Cadbury + Speights - in the morning. Pending the purchase of tickets - Highlanders vs. Crusaders super rugby match in the evening!
May 14: (saturday) Farmer's Market in the morning. Elm's Wildlife tour in the afternoon.

Te Anau:
May 15: coach to Te Anau reaching late evening.
May 16: Milford Sounds coach tour by Rosco's Kayaks.

Queenstown:
May 17: morning coach to Queenstown. Kawarau Bungy - if I'm feeling brave. And try the Fergburger, because I must!
May 18: Glenorchy day trip - Coach in the morning, sighsee, return coach late afternoon.
May 19: Arrowtown OR Skyline Queenstown and Luge.

Franz Josef:
May 20: reaching late evening by coach.
May 21: Heli-Hike with glacier guides.
May 22: --- same as above --- in case the weather doesn't permit the previous day.

Hokitika:
May 23: Morning coach to Hokitika. Jade Carving session at Lake Mahinapua hotel at 3 p.m.
May 24: Hokitika Gorge in the morning (arrange transport from the i-Site or hostel!) Treetop Walkway in the afternoon.

Nelson:
May 25: afternoon coach to Nelson. 45-mins stop at Punaikiki Rocks en route. reaching late evening.
May 26: Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk tour.
May 27: --- same as above --- in case the weather doesn't permit the previous day. (sightseeing around during the free day)

Picton:
May 28: Marlborough Sounds wine tour (yet to decide which one to choose!)
May 29: The Hobbit Barrel Run Kayak tour OR Cruise Ship Tour of River Pelorus by Pelorus Eco Adventures.

Wellington:
May 30: Afternoon Interislander ferry to Wellington.
May 31: Te Papa Museum and the Parliament
June 1: WETA There and Back Again tour.
June 2: Sightseeing (cable car, gardens, etc.)

Rotorua:
June 3: Late morning flight. Reach Rotorua at 1 p.m. Skyline Rotorua and Luge in the afternoon.
June 4: Geyser Link Shuttle full day or half day tour with Headfirst Travels.
June 5: Waitomo and Hobbiton ex-Rotorua with Headfirst Travels.

Taupo:
June 6: Morning coach to Taupo. Huka Falls cruise in the afternoon.
June 7: Half-Day Maori Carving kayak tour in the morning. Coach to Auckland at 4 p.m.

Auckland:
June 7: reach Auckland at 7 p.m.
June 8: Rangitoto cruise or Kayak.
June 9: Waiheke day trip (any winery tour suggestions?)
Jun 10: Coromandel day trip - if weather permits. Else sightseeing around town.
Jun 11: (saturday) America's Cup Sailing Experience in the morning. Or if I am nearly broke by this time, a trip to the Farmer's Market! All Blacks vs. Wales test match at Eden Park in the evening! :D

Whangarei/Paihia:
Jun 12: morning coach to Whangarei and see the falls. Sightseeing. Night coach to Paihia. (or skip Whangarei altogether, if I have to and go directly to Paihia.)
Jun 13: Cape Reinga day trip ex-Paihia with either Dolphin Cruises or Nakedbus.
Jun 14: Discover Hokianga day trip with Dolphin Cruises - if it runs on that day. Else a quick trip to the Waitangi Treaty Ground.

Auckland:
Jun 15: Morning coach to Auckland. Sightseeing (Kelley Tarlton's Aquarium and so on.) Pack my bags in the evening!
Jun 16: Early morning flight back home.


Flights booked! Cannot believe I'm going to be in NZ in 2 months time! Once the itinerary is decided, it's full-steam ahead! :: squee :: :P

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