My sister and brother-in-law did a fantastic tour of the South Island with biking, kayaking and hiking. Their pictures were enticing to say the least, even though I had spent some time there years before. I decided to roughly follow their itinerary but with a rental car and hiking boots only. What a trip!
One would have to traverse the entire USA to see sites like those I was able to experience in just a week’s time. I stayed in small motels along the way and was delighted with the service and cost.
Arriving in the Queenstown area a day ahead of schedule allowed me to explore both Milford and Doubtful Sound. And did I mention their wines?