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2-week NZ Itinerary Questions

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I have spent oodles of hours here trying to settle on an itinerary that will allow for diversity as well as relaxation in a 2-week trip to New Zealand, and now I have a few questions for all of the lovely Fodorites out there. First, here is the draft itinerary for 14 nights, starting in Queenstown (note my husband and I are both avid wine tasters and foodies from California, and have tried to tailor the trip to get the most out of NZ's scenery and culinary delights without doing too much. I hope I've succeeded!)

Leg 1: Queenstown - 5 nights. Must dos in the area:
****overnight cruise at Milford Sound (thinking of doing this on the 3rd or 4th night, not sure yet),
****one full day wine tasting tour in Otago region
Leg 2: Wellington pit-stop - 2 nights.
****We will fly QT to Wellington, mostly stopping here to (1) save time from driving between QT and the norther part of the Southern Island, and (2) I have been told that Wellington is a foodie city in NZ (as well as a great place to find coffee and craft cocktails).
Leg 3: Marlbourough/Queen Charlotte Track - 5 nights.
****Planning to ferry from Wellington to Picton, then pick up a car in Picton. Spend 3 nights on Marlborough Sounds along the QCT (thinking of splurging on Bay of Many Coves or the like to relax and be pampered between day hikes/biking during the day) and 2 nights somewhere in Blenheim or surrounds on a vineyard.
Leg 4: Auckland - 2 nights
****Will fly Nelson or Blenheim to Aukland for the last 2 nights. Ferry over to Waiheke island for a last day of wine tasting. Then likely to proceed to cry the remainder of the day/night because we will have to go home the next day.

My main questions are:
1) Re QT/Wellington legs: Should we keep schedule as is, or should we dump a day in Wellington (making it just an overnight stop for a nice dinner and pub crawl), adding another day to the QT leg?
2) Re Marlborough/QCT leg: is the 3 night QCT/2 night vineyard a good split? Or should it be the other way around?
3) Does anyone have any recommendations for restaurants/wineries/bars in QT/Wellington/Auckland (or general comments) they'd like to share?

Thanks a million to everyone for any feedback!

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