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Help with 4 weeks on South Island!

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Greetings... we just booked flights; 4 weeks in South Island, in and out of Christchurch in February/March 2014. First trip. We could use lots of advice! We are active 60ish who love to hike, bike, kayak. We’d like to do one or more multi-day hikes in Fiordland, Abel Tasman and Queen Charlotte. Not sure yet if we’d go with a guided group (since we don’t want to carry gear, unless someone knows where we can rent it). Where is the best place to base ourselves for several day hikes? Considering Routeburn, and others... Glenorchy, Queenstown and/or TeAnu?

We want to route ourselves south first, finishing north, beaches, wineries, Kaikoura and back. here’s our first stab at an itinerary. We plan to take buses, maybe rent car in Marlborough. We have 28 nights. We also want to include some cycling (not mountain biking) and thinking Wanaka and Marlborough for that. Not sure how best to route ourselves to Mt. Cook and Aspiring...??

This doesn’t include Mt. Cook or Aspiring. How can we fit these in? Should we omit Stewart Island? Do we have enough nights in each place to do hiking, etc? Where should we stay/stop on the way north to Abel Tasman? I know this is a first draft and surely need advice of experience folks to advise us.
If we see Tasman Glacier can we omit Fox/Franz Josef?

Christchurch/Akaroa 1-2 nights
Dunedin/Otago 2-3 nights
Stewart Island 2 nights
TeAnu, Queenstown, Glenorchy 8 nights
Wanaka 2 nights
Abel Tasman 2 nights - maybe Nelson Saturday market on the way to QCT
Queen Charlotte 4 nights
Marlborough, 3 nights, cycling, wineries, mussel tour
Kaikoura 2 nights. side trip to Hamner Springs (or stay there 1 night?)
Christchurch last night.

Thanks!

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