Hi, if you want to head east towards Christchurch
you will have to head towards Queenstown
first, you won't have time for a visit to Queenstown or Milford Sound
I would suggest the west coast, it's a stunning drive. There are lots of great places inbetween Wanaka
and Fox Glacier
is a wee gem and has a glow worm dell, this is where greenstone is found and there are lots of opportunities to buy some realy nice artisan peices, do be mindful of buying NZ greenstone and not Chinese or Canadian jade, nothing wrong with it, just not authenticly Kiwi!Arthur's Pass
is a great drive and will get you headed towards Kaikoura
. If you're intending to go whale watching, be mindful that the trips are often cancelled so you should allow 2 days if you really really want to do this.
Wanaka to Franz, Fox or Hokitika is a solid day driving. Any of these to Kaikoura is another solid day driving. Queenstown to Akaroa or Chch is another solid day too. Kaikoura to Picton is pretty much a full day also.Fergburger
in Queenstown seconded! Kaikoura Seafood BBQ Kiosk
up towards Seal Swim Kaikoura
is another firm local favourite. Don't worry about having time to spend in Picton, it's a nice little town but not a great deal to do.