We are travelling as 2 adults + 1 child 8 year old boy in late Nov/Early Dec and have 11-12 days to spare. Tentatively planning based on 23 Nov - 04 Dec 2017.
Arriving CHC on 10hr flight at around 11am.
Flying out of CHC too on 12pm flight.
We are interested in scenic walks, easy hikes (pls recommend any suited for 8 year old - can do 2-3hr walks). And shortlisted these activities - Stargazing @ lake tekapo or Mt Cook. TSS Earnslaw/Walter peak farm experience, Milford Sound cruise, any wildlife tour or places we can watch seals/penguins/whales :) So will appreciate any recommendations
I had initially thought of driving straight from CHC to Lake Tekapo to relax and recover with my night stay due short distance. But read that it's recommended to drive anti clockwise? But that would mean spending a night in CHC since Arthur's pass/Hokitika looks like a long drive from CHC
1. Would like advice on how to fit these destinations in to minimise driving.
3. Shld I cut out anything? Or adjust the length of stay in any place?
4. Any resource to check for recommended hikes for children? I am thinking easy walk under 2-3hrs is ok.
Will really appreciate all your help. Thanks!!
Draft anticlockwise itin inspired from forum posts:
Day 1 (23Nov) 10 hr Flight. Sleep onboard.
Day 2 (24Nov) Arrive CHC at 11am. Any recommendations for things to do in CHC? Overnight in CHC
Day 3 (25Nov) Morning Drive to Arthur's Pass - 2hr (1.5hr Devil's Punchbowl walk feasible?) Any stops for lunch? Drive to Hokitika Gorge - 2hr drive (30min walk). Drive to Franz Josef Glacier -2.5hr . Overnight in FJG (or too much driving - shld overnight in Hokitika?)
Is it worth the detour to see Hotikika Gorge or shld drive straight to FJG after Arthur's pass?
Day 5 (27Nov) Drive FG to Wanaka - 3hr drive (Knights point lookout; Lake Wanaka & Puzzling World); Mt Aspiring any walks to recommend? ; Drive Wanaka to Arrowtown or Queenstown. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 6 (28Nov) Queenstown F&E . Overnight in Queenstown
Day 7 (29Nov) Drive Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound Cruise - Te Anau. Overnight in Te Anau? or Queenstown?
Day 8 (30Nov) Queenstown (TSS Earnslaw/Walter peak/Lunch)
Day 9 (01Dec) Drive Queenstown to Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo - Hooker Valley Track ; Lake Tekapo Mt John observatory. Shld i go Lake Tekapo first or former? Overnight in which?
Day 10(02Dec) Mt Cook/Lake Tekapo
Day 11(03Dec) ?
Day 12(04Dec) ?
Day 13(05Dec) Lake Tekapo -> CHC -> Overnight in CHC
Day 14(06Dec) Flight frm CHC airport @ 12pm