We are returning for our second trip to the South Island and were after some itinerary input if possible. The forum was very helpful planning our last trip. This trip will be 8-9 nights (could stretch to 10) in August. Initially had thought to include Dunedin this trip and fly out from there, but not sure it would be overly interesting to us as a city given we are from Melbourne.
We are definitely going to Queenstown again - we absolutely loved it there. And are thinking Milford Sound and Kaikoura for whale watching. Or The West Coast/ Glaciers. We don't want to be doing loads of driving and are not keen on staying places for just 1 night on more than 1-2 occasions.
We went to Mt Cook, Wanaka and Christchurch last time and although we enjoyed these places, they are not areas we would return this trip.
We are thinking 3 nights in Queenstown, or 4 with a day trip via bus to Milford Sound - how long would this take? And maybe 2 nights in Kaikoura.
We are finding it somewhat difficult to develop a route that doesnt involve a lot of driving.We would prefer to fly out of a different airport (Nelson maybe?) rather than backtracking to Queenstown. Any suggestions much appreciated!Edited: 09 May 2018, 20:57