I'm planning a trip to NZ's south island this coming April, and looking for any thoughts / suggestions / help / advice regarding my current itinerary.
Basically: I'm flying in from Melbourne to Queenstown, then driving out to Wanaka -> Haast -> Franz Josef / Fox glacier -> Arthur's Pass, and then doubling back a bit to get to Greymouth and take the TranzAlpine to Christchurch, from where we're flying out to Wellington before taking the ferry back to the south island and bumming around Picton / Blenheim / Nelson drinking wine for a few days. Flying out again via Wellington.
My goal is basically to see as much nature as possible while leaving plenty of time for actual relaxing holiday times, and not spending too much time heading from each place to the next. We probably won't spend too much time in QT in favour of getting up north quicker, and neither of us are really into bungee-jumping etc which seems to be its main drawcard.
I've found a few other threads here that are more focused on the east coast, which I was hoping to explore a bit more instead of flying from Ch'ch->Wellington, but the Kaikoura earthquake (and road closures between Kaikoura -> Blenheim) makes that a bit impractical. Has anyone here travelled more extensively up the west coast?
Appreciate any thoughts! Nothing is locked in yet so I can be swayed by convincing arguments, but obviously I'm hoping to start booking stuff soon.