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Help with NZ South Island itinerary (by bus!)

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Hello fellow travellers! Am trying to put together a doable itinerary for South island in NZ. I think I will have a maximum of about 28-30 days to travel around in Jan - Febr. 2014. Travelling will be mostly by Intercity bus and 1 - 2 flights in and out of NZ. I have tried to make a loose itinerary based on what I wish to see. But I wonder if I have to cut something out of the itinerary, it seems to be a bit stressed. I don't know, so I am asking advice from experienced bus travellers, hopefully. I know that it might be faster by car, but we dont have drivers licence so its not an option. :( OK here it goes:

Day 1: Arriving Auckland. Sleep maybe 1 night there. Then Domestic flight to Nelson if possible...

2 nights in Nelson. Then go to Marahau (Abel Tasman NP).
5 nights in Abel Tasman NP, walking/hanging out on beaches
2 nights in Punakaiki, walk in the forest, see cliffs, etc.
2 nights Franz Josef glacier, see the glacier
2 nights Wanaka, explore and chill out
6 nights in Queenstown, explore all around there, LOTR-tour, walking, chilling out
1 night Te anau
1 night Milford sound with boat tour
1 night Te anau again to catch our breath
1 night in Cromwell, on the way to Mount Cook
1-2 nights in Mount cook and/ or Lake Tekapo. Some walk by Mount cook during half a day.
1 night in Cristchurch, then fly to Auckland to fly out of NZ.

Here in the end is where I get a bit lost. I would love to add a bit more nights to some places, to make it feel less stressed. But I think after Mount Cook, I need to go to Christchurch to fly to Auckland, (moving on to Asia afterwards, and there seems to be more flights to choose from in Auckland, out of NZ..). The last bit seems a bit annoying, to have to go to Christchurch, just to fly out of there. But I guess there's not much else to do...

The whole of the west coast seems to be a loooong journey, too. Meaning, I am a bit afraid that there will be a lot of time on the bus in between the stops. I have thought about alternatives, but I really want to fit everything in, also... hehe. Skipping Mount Cook doesn't seem to make sense, right? To be able to slow down the pace of travel before that, on the west coast, etc? Should I put in more stops on the west coast, to make it feel like less time on the bus? Any and all thoughts are welcome, as are tips on what to see along the way, etc. (It has to be accessible without a private car, though..)
Thanks, cheers! :-)

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