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I've read the posts and still either want to cry or drink! Help

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All of the New Zealand experts out there must want to scream with all the the itinerary questions but WE NEED YOUR HELP. Let me thank you first before the screaming starts. I've been going over books, maps, printouts and have blurry computer eyes. It's overwelming.

My husband and I have 4 weeks for a New Zealand and Australia trip - depending on cost, maybe 1 week longer. This post will only have questions regarding New Zealand.

My plan is to only do the South Island (2 weeks) and then Sydney and Cairns/Port Douglas and if possible, Uluru (2 weeks) We will start our adventure around April 5, 2015.

We are in our mid 60's. We don't want to be on a strict timetable so we can stop at anything that catches our eye. We are fit but not hiker types. My husband loves farm markets and food shops. A must is a jet boat ride, the luge in Queenstown and, if I get the courage, a hang glide ride.

1. We have not made airline reservations yet and was wondering if anyone has used any kind of air pass with New Zealand Air or Quantas? Do you feel those passes have saved you money? We will fly out of Detroit and do New Zealand first, then Australia. I am sure we will stop in Auckland then fly on to the South Island so we can start pretty much anywhere. If it works, I think we can fly into Christchurch and out of Queenstown or even better yet, Dunedin. Our first night will be wherever we land to recuperate after the long flight. I have checked and can pick up a car in Christchurch and drop in Dunedin.

2. We want to visit Queenstown 3 nights, Milford or Doubtful Sound 2 or 3 nights (possible overnight boat trip) Lake Wanaka and Dunedin. Is the Trans Apline Train worth the trip to Greymouth or would a self drive be just as scenic? I would like to do the west coast side. What other scenic highways or towns should we add? Will we miss a lot by not doing the east coast? I quess that's a dumb question because I'm sure we will , but you can't see everything.

3. Do most people make ALL of their hotel/motel/BB reservations prior to departing? At that time of year, can we keep a night or two open and book once we are on the road? Looking at the road from Greymouth to Lake Wanaka, can we figure on one night or two for that drive? Is a reservation necessary for that segment? We don't book high end resorts. Motels or B & Bs are fine with us.

The itinerary is looking something like this:

Christchurch - First night
Greymouth - 1 night
Road from Greymouth to Lake Wanaka - 2 nights
Lake Wanaka -1 night
Queenstown - 3 nights
Milford Sound/Doubtful Sound - 2-3 nights
Dunedin 2 nights

That leaves 1 or 2 nights to fill in. Any suggestions or should I open a bottle of wine and start over? Thanks for all the patient help for all the first time New Zealand travelers.

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