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First time in NZ. Need advice on Dec trip itinerary pls.

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We're an active couple in our 50s and it's our first time to NZ. We only have 9 nights in mid-December so initially decided to just visit South Island. Keen on day hikes, cycling, sky dive, heli-hikes, whale/dolphin watching, good food & wine. After booking tickets, hubby says he doesn't want to spend too much time driving and interested in checking out more local, livelier scenes in North Island as he has the impression that SI is quiet and too touristy. Please assist in helping us with a good working itinerary. Should we just do SI or try to visit some NI places bearing in mind that we arrive and depart in Christchurch. To date, itinerary below is only for SI. Where/when/how to go to NI, if ever?

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch midday – overnight stay

Day 2 (AM) Drive or take bus to Kaikoura

Day 2 (PM) Return to Christchurch

Day 3 Fy to Queenstown or drive to Franz Josef

Day 4 Franz Josef heli-hike or @ Queenstown

Day 5 Drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown

Days 6 - 9 Queenstown

Activities: Chill, cycling; hiking; sky dive; options to go to Milford Sound and fly to

Fox for glacier heli-hike

Day 9 (PM) Fly to Christchurch

Day 10 Fly back home (12pm flight)

Thanks for your assistance!

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