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New Zealand 3-week itinerary over Christmas

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Our family of four (daughters age 14 and 16) has the following itinerary for a three-week vacation in NZ in December. I would love any suggestions. We eloped to Queenstown 20 years ago, so some of our plans are to revisit some places we visited then:

1. Fly to Auckland then to Christchurch - Dec. 10
2. Rent car and drive to Mt. Cook, stay two nights (stargazing tour, hike)
3. From Mt. Cook, do three-day bicycle trip on Alps to Ocean trail, ending up in Omarama, then pick up rental car in Twizel (where we parked it before the cycling tour), and drive to Queenstown.
4. Four nights in Queenstown, including:
a. one day doing the drive-cruise-fly tour of Milford Sound
b. one day doing the Dart River jet boat and kayak
c. Tour of Gibbston Valley winery (where we got married)

5. We want to skip the glaciers - bad idea?
6. Drive from Queenstown to Punakaiki (with stop in Hokitika for lunch and glowworms)
7. To Nelson (2 nights) with Abel Tasman kayak day
8. Fly to Auckland, then Karikari, rent car
9. Four nights on Bay of Islands (Pahia) over Christmas (dolphin swim)
10. Two nights in Auckland - fly home Dec. 28

We are wondering whether we should fly to Dunedin rather than Christchurch, then go to Queenstown, and head up to Mt. Cook after that? Any thoughts?


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