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Thanks to everyone for your help in planning our trip so far. DH and I have 26 nights in NZ in November and early December, 8 of which are taken by a cycling trip along the west coast of the South Island. Here' s our itinerary:
Arrive Auckland and immediately fly to Wellington. One night Wellington (Te Papa is the focus here)
Ferry to Picton. Pick up rental car and drive to Abel Tasman Nat'l Park. Four nights there to do day hikes and sea kayak.
Drive to Blenheim. Two nights to explore wine country on bikes.
One night Kaikoura (but could add a night and stay only 2 nights in Akaroa)
3 nights Akaroa
Drive to Christchurch airport. Drop car
Begin bike tour (Christchurch to Hokitika via train), Westland Nat'l Park, Lake Moeraki, Haast River Valley, Mt Aspiring Nat'l Park, ending in Queenstown.

Now here's the rub. We are not sure what to do with the 6 nights that we have left. We figured we would go to Te Anau for Milford or Doubtful sound and then on to Gore so DH can go flyfishing and then back to Queenstown.

But part of me still thinks that we should be seeing some of the North Island. Part of me thinks we should stay loose ... stay a while in Queenstown area and do some hiking. There is also a cool self-tour cycling trip along the Central Otago Rail Trail to Dunedin.

We are generally committed to the part of the itinerary before the bike tour, but the final six days are completely up in the air. Our only limitation is that we need to be in Auckland seven days after the end of the bike tour to fly to Australia.
We are spoilt for choice but could use some help!

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