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Please critique our South Island, NZ itinerary

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We are a 65 year old American couple from Long Island, NY who have travelled extensively and are excited to visit NZ in February 2016 and ask for any suggestions for our South Island itinerary. We are fairly active, and would like to focus on sightseeing with an itinerary that allows for ample time to enjoy the scenery, people, and culture. Rather than extensive hiking or kayaking we’d prefer ½ hour hikes, boat and aerial sightseeing. This schedule is flexible since we’ve left several days at the end to drive back to Auckland or continue on the South Island. (Hopefully, we’ll be back to NZ for anything we miss!). We’ve reviewed the guidebooks extensively and know we cannot see everything. This is what we have planned so far with five days built in at the end:

Day 1: Arr. Queenstown. Rent car. Stay at Queenstown area “resort” 4 nights
Day 2: Visit Queenstown/ Wanaka
Day 3/4: Flight to and short cruise on Milford Sound. Or Flightseeing to Doubtful Sound/ Aspiring Mt.or Mt. Cook?

Questions:
• Is it worth it to take an aerial tour of the region, then drive to Milford Sound (stay one night) and take a short cruise on the Sound?
• Is it worth a separate trip to Te Anu?

Day 5: Drive to Mt. Cook/ Lake Tekapo. Stay over.
Day 6: Drive to Franz Joseph Glacier. Stay two nights.
Day 7: Heli Glacier tour (Fox or Franz Joseph?)
Day 8: Drive to Hokitika. Stay over two nights.
Day 9: Explore Hokitka area. (Drive to Arthur’s Pass?)
Day10: Drive to Abel Tasman Park. Stay two nights
Day 11: Abel Tasman Park (Sailing tour).
Day 12: Drive to Picton. (Continue on South Island or take Ferry to North Island?)
Day 13-18: to be determined…

Questions:
• Do we need more time to drive this itinerary?
• Is it worth travelling to Kaikoura for whale watching?

Thank you very much for your help and suggestions!

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