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Driving around the SI of New Zealand - where to go

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I could appreciate some suggestions/feedback on a ~16 day trip to the SI in December/January
Driving route, must see places, activities in these areas, whatever you would like to share. thank you

Arriving either at Nelson or Christchurch and renting a car for the entire trip
Places I would like to visit but know I will need to eliminate some places due to time

Abel Tasmen park - hiking
Kaikoura - whale watching
Farewell Split
Fox and Franz Josef glaciers
Haast
Paparoa Park
Chirstchurch
Aoraki/Mount Cook Park
Fiordland Park
Te Anau
Queenstown
Dunedin - for the kilt stores
Otago Peninsula
Wanaka

Activites I would like to do
Hiking
Kayaking
Heli-hiking to the glaciers
Hot air Balloon Ride
swim with marine life
whale watching

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