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NZ South Island Self Drive 7 day itinerary

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Hi, I'm headed to New Zealand"s South Island for one week in May for my honeymoon (we will be in Fiji prior to that). We fly into Christchurch Friday night and out of Queenstown the following Saturday. We plan to rent a car and see as much as possible. We definitely want to see Milford Sound and hit some wineries. Suggestions please!

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    A few options:

    Arrive Christchurch - one night

    Drive from Christchurch to Hokitika via Arthur's Pass, detouring to Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks) - one night Hokitika

    Drive from Hokitika to the glaciers -1-2 nights

    Drive from the glaciers to Wanaka - 1-2 nights

    Drive from Wanaka to Te Anau - two nights (you'll need a full day to visit Milford from Te Anau)

    Drive from Te Anau to Queenstown - remaining nights

    This isn't an itinerary I'd do myself as it's a lot of moving around and too many one and two night stays, but...

    An alternative:

    Arrive Christchurch - one night (this really depends on what time you arrive and whether or not you've just gotten off an overnight flight.)

    NOTE: If you've not arrived from an overnight flight and are fit for driving, I'd suggest driving to Geraldine for the first night, but only if you're comfortable getting right into a car and driving on the left). - one night Geraldine

    Drive from Geraldine to Mt Cook via Lake Tekapo - two nights (this will give you one full day to explore).

    Drive from Mt Cook to Wanaka - 1-2 nights

    Drive from Wanaka to Te Anau - two nights

    Drive from Te Anau to QT - remaining nights

    Yet another option:

    Arrive Christchurch, stay overnight, or forge on to Arthur's Pass for the night

    Drive Arthur's Pass to glaciers, with detour to Punakaiki - 1-2 nights (two is best as you'd then have a full day to explore both glaciers)

    Drive glaciers to Wanaka 1-2 nights

    Drive Wanaka to Te Anau - two nights

    Drive Te Anau to QT - remaining nights

    There are basically two ways to get from Christchurch to QT - the West Coast (glaciers) and the inland route (Mt Cook).

    Once you decide which route you want to take, the rest is pretty easy.

    Regarding wineries - there are wineries near Christchurch (easily done on way to Geraldine), in the Tarras/Bendigo/Lake Dunstan/Cromwell area as well as between Cromwell and Queenstown (easily done on way to Te Anau/QT).

    You don't have to go far to find a winery.

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