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Need advice for South Island New Zealand trip

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I am traveling from Atlanta to NZ for a business trip in Queenstown next February and my wife and I are planning a holiday around it. We are in our late 30s and leaving the kids at home. This board and Scott Cook’s NZ Frenzy have been very helpful in our planning. I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions on our proposed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Queenstown 10:35, +/- afternoon activity Wanaka or QT, overnight Wanaka
Day 2: Self-guided hike to Rob Roy Glacier, return rental car in Wanaka
Day 3-5: Gillespie Pass trip with Wild Walks
Day 6: Return to Wanaka from Wild Walks trip ~4:30, transfer to Queenstown
Day 7: Full day for activity in Queenstown
Day 8: Possible AM activity in Queenstown, meeting begins in afternoon
Day 9: Full day of meetings for me, wife on her own to relax, etc
Day 10: Meeting wraps up around lunch, transfer to Te Anau
Day 11: Stirling sunriser kayak tour of Milford Sound, +/- explore Milford road on drive back to Te Anau
Day 12: Doubtful sound overnight cruise
Day 13: Complete cruise, return to Queenstown
Day 14: Depart Queenstown at 2:30 and return to USA

I’m not sure about the most efficient way to organize the Milford/Doubtful portion of the trip. Scott Cook’s book recommends having a car to explore Milford road on your own. It sounds like rental options in Te Anau are very limited (one company?) but on the other hand I’m not sure I want to commit to driving back and forth from Queenstown (and paying for four days of a car we only “need” one day).

I’ve toyed with flipping the order of Doubtful and Milford and/or taking a scenic flight either to or from Milford. I’m nervous about the flight since I’ve read weather can ground flights for days at a time and I’d hate to try to arrange ground transportation last minute (especially to return to QT in time for our flight). Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

-Matt

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