One Month Itinerary in January for Family with Kids--feedback please!
You are welcome. I have given you a lot to think about, so I'll let you think. Trip Advisor forum is fabulous for questions, many local native-born NZ experts on board, who seem to know every inch of this land! i am just an expat.
I hope I did not scare you off Queenstown. It's still one of the most beautiful places on the South Island and like many beautiful places, it's popular, NZ's adventure capital. You'lll all enjoy it. I could spend weeks there, doing, seeing.
Esplanade changed their name? I wanted to emphasize The Esplanade is busy during the day, especially if sunny (and I hope for your sake it IS sunny and that the winds are mild), but, as I said before, quiet at night (and gorgeous during a full moon). You'll be out and about during the day, anyhow.
If you look at the photo on their website's opening page you can see the hills of the Otago Peninsula in the background, so you'll be close, as well as 10 minutes drive from the city center, and 10 minutes drive from the Tunnel Beach walk, and minutes to almost deserted beaches, like Smail's. While at St. Clair Beach, stroll along the short Second Beach traill behind the swimming pool, also walk up the hill for great views. You've chosen a convenient location!
Don't forget to look at its reviews on Trip Advisor:
Before leave for NZ, you can post here if you need detailed driving directions for Dunedin or Otago Coast. If you don't know you way around, you can waste petrol, miss some of the best sights, or get mildly lost.
Best wishes for fine weather on your trip. Don't forget your fleece as well as shorts and sunscreen for NZ.