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Fine-tuning South Island Itinerary for February 2018

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About 8-1/2 months ago, I posted on this board asking for help on a New Zealand itinerary. With the help of Diamantina, Melnq8 and others, I came up with the following SI itinerary for February 2018:
Day 1 arrive Christchurch early afternoon
Day 2 Christchurch
Day 3 Christchurch
Day 4 Drive to Mt Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki
Day 5 Mt Cook
Day 6 Drive to Wanaka
Day 7 Wanaka
Day 8 Drive to Te Anau
Day 9 Te Anau
Day 10 Te Anau
Day 11 Drive to Queenstown
Day 12 Queenstown
Day 13 Queenstown
Day 13 Depart Queenstown late morning
Since February is such a busy time, I booked lodging as soon as I had an itinerary: 3 nights Christchurch, 2 nights Mt Cook (Aoraki Court Motel), 2 nights Wanaka, 3 nights Te Anau and 3 nights Queenstown.

As far as activities are concerned, Christchurch is pretty well set. After Christchurch, it seems a lot will depend on the weather. It seems that at Mt Cook there are a couple of interesting 2-3 hour walks as well as a helicopter tour with a 2 hour walk on Tasman Glacier. At Wanaka, we can explore the little town. I assume that there are walks that we can do by the lake, but do not have any information on that. There are also numerous heli-tours originating from Wanaka. From Te Anau there is the day cruise on Milford Sound as well the drive and walks along the way. There are also heli tours of Milford and/or Doubtful Sound that look interesting. From Queenstown we can do the Dart River jet-boat tour, explore the town and walk.

My main question is about booking tours in advance. With the weather so variable, it seems that this might be difficult. Also it seems that heli-tours from Queenstown and Wanaka can go pretty much anywhere, so I am wondering if we should use tours from these towns as a back-up plan.

I would appreciate your thoughts on all of this. The heli-tours are expensive, I know but we'd probably just want to do a couple and try to maximize our experiences.

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