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Still need help with this:(

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I need to figure out where to spend an extra night that we have to insert somewhere along our itinerary -- the more I read the more I am concerned about driving times and how that will impact where we are staying

It seems that the drive from Wanaka to Franz Josef is longer than I had expected... Someone said up to 6 hrs.. we really don't plan to stop too much along the way but then some say that would be a mistake as there are some beautiful stops

So if we are driving to FJ from wanaka and leave early (7AM) realistically what time would we arrive at FJ figuring there are certain stops we will really want to make.. and how slow the traffic is
if its 6hrs then we would not arrive until mid day so would one full and one half day be enough time there to do it justice?

Also, the next day we are driving to greymouth to catch a mid day train to CC --we have decided to do the train for a number of reasons and have heard what all have said but decided to do this so that is set

I am reading that the drive up to Greymouth is just spectacular and that we will want to stop many times along the way.. I am wondering if 4 hrs will then be enough time or are we better off using that extra day to slowly drive up the coast and then perhaps do the train the next day That was a suggestion someone made and now I am rethinking it..

I am only beginning to get a feeling of how much driving all this takes!! I fear my H is going to shoot me as he does not find driving relaxing at all and misses out on much of the scenery because he has to focus on the road:(

This is how our itinerary is thus far- I am doing wanaka with Mt cook in between because trying to keep driving days to as little driving as possible at my H's request --
Day 1 Arrive Queenstown (3PM)
Day 2 and 3 Queenstown (P/U car at some point)
Day 4 and 5 Te Anau (will leave early from Queenstown to get to Te Anau so should have two full days in this area
Day 6 drive to Wanaka
Day 7 and Day 8 Mt Cook
Day 9 Back to Wanaka
Day 10 and 11 Fran Joseph/Fox
Day 12 Drive to Greymouth train to Christ Church
Day 13 CC (visiting surrounding area)
Day 14 Half day explore CC and leave 5PM flight

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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