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9.5 days in New Zealand

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Hi all:

My wife and I booked one of those awesome fares from LA to Auckland. We have 9.5 days from wheels down in AKL to wheels up in AKL. Looking for some advice on what to make sure we hit. We are ok flying between cities in NZ and/or renting a car.

Here is a very early idea... please lend your thoughts.

Day 1: Early morning flight from AKL to Queenstown. Arrive Queenstown. Take bus to glenorchy and do the dart boat tour (we want to enjoy the scenery not necessarily do a thrill ride on the faster Jetboat). Explore Queenstown for the evening.

Day 2: Pick up rental car, drive to local hot springs (which are the best in the area?), drive Te Anau and spend the night.

Day 3: Take bus or drive to Milford sound, do cruise. Drive or fly back to Queenstown.

Day 4: Drive to Wanaka, ski Treble Cone, spend the night in Wanaka.

Day 5: Drive up the west coast to Fox/Franz Glaciers tour the glaciers and stay overnight OR drive the mountain pass towards Christchurch stopping somewhere.

Day 6: Drive to Nelson and Fly to AKL OR drive to Christchurch and fly to AKL.

Day 7: Drive to Rotorua?!? Stay overnight in Rotorua

Day 8: Hot Springs in Rotorua and drive back to AKL. Stay overnight in AKL

Day 9: Explore AKL

Day 10: Depart AKL

Overall questions would be:

Rotorua and Hamner Springs are the two hot springs I've heard most about...is there any near Queenstown? And if so should we go to one near Queenstown or the two more well known ones?

Skiing- my wife and I are intermediate level skiers and want to hit one resort for one day...what would be a good resort for us?

Winery- My wife also wants to fit a winery in here...any suggestions?

Overall thoughts on our itinerary? Anything we are missing that is a must do?

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