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Last minute New Zealnd opinions!

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After months of planning, I am now a mere 18 days away from 3 glorious weeks in New Zealand. We've got our itinerary pretty much set for the North Island, but our South Island plans remain somewhat flexible. We're big fans of outdoors, hiking, etc...and plan on doing things on the cheap, or free. If anyone could offer any thoughts or opinions, I would greatly appreciate any expertise!

2/20: arrive Auckland 3pm
2/21: Auckland
2/22: pick up car, Waitomo, Rotorua
2/23: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park (hit up Taupo sights on the way)
2/24: Tongariro
2/25: Tonagariro to Wellington
2/26: Wellington
2/27: AM Ferry to Picton - hit a couple wineries and overnight in Nelson? Or drive straight up to Golden Bay (Takaka)?
2/28: Abel Tasman Golden Bay
3/1: Takaka to Franz Josef (Punakaiki on the way, Hokitika? We understand this is a LONG drive)
3/2: Franz Josef Glacier
3/3: Franz Josef to Wanaka
3/4: Wanaka (Wanaka to Queenstown?)
3/5: Queenstown (drive to Milford Sound, weather dependent)
3/6: Queenstown (drive to Milford Sound, weather dependent)
3/7: Queenstown (drive to Milford Sound, weather dependent)
3/8: Queenstown to Lake Pukaki or Takapo
3/9: Lake Tekapo (Hooker Valley Track)
3/10: OPEN
3/11: Depart Christchurch (plane departs 10pm)

So we've got a lot of flexibility on the last week of our trip - mostly since we want to have good weather for Milford. I've thought about overnighting in Te Anau and cutting our drive time, but that all depends on the weather. If we get blessed with a lot of sun, we have some extra time. Any comments, criticisms? Are we missing anything? Staying too long anywhere (ha!), or is there a place we realllllyyyyy ought to consider spending more time in?

Thanks!!!

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