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New Zealand by cruise vs. land

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We are debating taking a 13-day cruise to New Zealand from Sydney on Sea Princess of Princess Cruises in late October/early November. We really want to make sure we don't "miss out" on anything considered important to the New Zealand experience.

The itinerary involves 8 straight days of land experiences flanked by 2 days at sea getting to and from NZ. The 8 days, with timings of docking and sailing, are:
Fiordland Natl Park - 7A-4P
Dunedin/Port Chalmers - 8A-6P
Christchurch/Lyttleton - 8A-6P
Wellington - 8A-6P
Napier - 7A-2P
Tauranga - 8A-6P
Auckland - 7A-6P
Bay of Islands - 7A-4P

I am wondering if the time spent at these various places, and any related ship excursions that the cruise line might offer, seem sufficient to really be able to experience the best of NZ. We wanted to try the cruise thing because one of us has not been on a cruise before, and it seemed like a good way to take care of 2 trips at once. However, I am wondering if doing a trip by land might be more suitable. Just looking at the timings, I am not sure if everything will be rush-rush (how long does it take to get to Roturua from Tauranga), if any of the sights are necessarily the best use of time (not particularly excited about Auckland at this stage, but admittedly don't know enough about it yet, and also not sure if it is advisable to visit Christchurch yet), and if we will actually be able to see things we really want to see (Milford Sound seems like a must-see, but is it doable based on the timings/locations of docking?)

We are not opposed to do doing things by land, just seemed like a good idea at first blush.

Thanks for your input.

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