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New Zealand self-drive trip

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My wife and I are just starting our planning for our trip to New Zealand. We land in Auckland on Sunday October 28 at 7:20 AM. Our return flight leaves Auckland on Tuesday November 22 at 7:30 PM. October 28 will be a recovery day. Beyond that we have not made any plans.

We our both in our 70’s. Adventure sports, hiking, fishing, resorts, wine tastings are definitely not items on our agenda. Our vacations are self-drive staying either one night or two in on location. Our normal plan is reserve a room for the first night and last night. In between we make the reservations as we travel along.

We plan on renting a car and I will do all the driving. I have driven on the “wrong” side of the road in Australia and Ireland (twice) so that should not be a problem.

Our main interest while traveling is photography. That makes our travel times much longer than what shows up in the GPS or Google Maps.

We have looked at the following route.
Auckland
Rotorua
Wellington
Ferry to Blenheim
Blenheim
Greymouth
Franz Josef Glacier
Queenstown
Christchurch

Google Maps has this as 26 hours (2078 KM) plus the ferry ride. Is this too much driving in 22 days? If so where do were cut off some miles based on what I have stated above?

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