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Itinerary: Both Islands in 27 days

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Hi there,

We are a young couple, excited about our first trip to NZ at the end of the year. Currently, we are overwhelmed by all the things we could do, the little time we have, and how everything is about to be booked out. Till now, we booked our flights and a 2 day trip in the Abel Tasman NP.

What was important to us, when we made our itinerary:
- Have time for little hikes now and then
- No hiking on one of the glacier, as we already hiked on glaciers before
- Not to be in Queenstown on New Year
- Doubtful or Milford Sound
- Catlins
- Overnight stay in Oamaru to see penguins
- Overnight stay in Dark Sky Reserve
- 2 day trip in Abel Tasman NP
- Visit Wellington
- Do Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- Rotorua and Maori Culture

We were so fare able to pack everything in one plan, but are a little afraid that we will be sitting in the car a lot, without having time for spontaneous excursions and to enjoy NZ nature.
What do you think? Any idea on what we should/could skip?

Thank you for your time and answers.
Agnoli

Sa, 26. Dez. 2015 Auckland (Arrival 8am)
So, 27. Dez. 2015 Christchurch (Arrival 2pm)
Mo, 28. Dez. 2015 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Hokitika (252 km, 3h 45')
Di, 29. Dez. 2015 Hokitika - Fox Glacier (159 km, 2h 17')
Mi, 30. Dez. 2015 Fox Glacier - Queenstown (327 km, 5h 32')
Do, 31. Dez. 2015 Queenstown - Te Anau (171 km, 2h 25')
Fr, 01. Jan. 2016 Milford or Doubtful Sound
Sa, 02. Jan. 2016 Te Anau - Curio Bay (266 km, 4h 02')
So, 03. Jan. 2016 Curio Bay - Nugget Point (091 km, 1h 38')
Mo, 04. Jan. 2016 Nugget Point - Oamaru (221 km, 3h 19')
Di, 05. Jan. 2016 Oamaru (- Mount-Cook-Nationalpark) - Lake Tekapo (175 km, 2h 34')
Mi, 06. Jan. 2016 Lake Tekapo - Christchurch (227 km, 3h 11')
Do, 07. Jan. 2016 Christchurch - Maruia Springs (193 km, 2h 37')
Fr, 08. Jan. 2016 Maruia Springs - Kaiteriteri (235 km, 3h 26')
Sa, 09. Jan. 2016 Abel Tasman National Park
So, 10. Jan. 2016 Abel Tasman National Park
Mo, 11. Jan. 2016 Nelson - Picton - Wellington (134 km, 1h 52' + Ferry)
Di, 12. Jan. 2016 Wellington
Mi, 13. Jan. 2016 Welltington - Tongariro (333 km, 4h 33')
Do, 14. Jan. 2016 Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Fr, 15. Jan. 2016 Tongariro - Rotorua (151 km, 2h 02')
Sa, 16. Jan. 2016 Rotorura - Te Puke - Hot Water Beach (229 km, 3h 47')
So, 17. Jan. 2016 Hot Water Beach - Orewa (208 km, 2h 57')
Mo, 18. Jan. 2016 Orewa - Paihia (197 km, 2h 50')
Di, 19. Jan. 2016 Paihia - Hokianga Harbour (90 Miles Beach) (089 km, 1h 22')
Mi, 20. Jan. 2016 Hokianga Harbour - Kaihu (063 km, 1h 12')
Do, 21. Jan. 2016 Kaihu - Auckland (Departure 8pm) (223 km, 3h 13')

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