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We're happy that we now have enough FF miles for a long-awaited trip to New Zealand with a week-stay in Australia, and a 4-day stopover in Fiji on our return. Of course, using FF miles, there are some constraints as to time distribution. As it stands, we're "holding" an itinerary running from February 8-March 11, including travel time to and from LAX. We plan to spend a majority of our time on the South Island of NZ, but are spending the first 8 days in Sydney/Cairns. Right now we're scheduled to fly from Sydney into Christ Church where we'll begin a two-week stay on the South Island. Our focus is on enjoyment of the variety of natural beauty, with shorter hikes, and stays at B&B's. Our plan is to rent a car out of Christ Church. Our dilemma begins at that point. Although we'd like to experience as many of the highlights of beauty as possible, we like to have time to drink in the experiences, so to speak, stop where we want, and not be rushing from place to place in a "check-it-off" manner. With all that as a background, does the itinerary below sound too ambitious? And, if so, what places or areas would you suggest eliminating, or adding ?

Here goes: Arrive in Christ Church mid-day. Chill. Overnight.
Drive via Arthur's Pass to Greymouth Overnight
Franz Joseph Glacier. . .Wanaka Overnight
Queenstown Overnight-how many?
Te Anau Overnight. . .early start to Milford Sound
Milford Sound. . . Overnight?
Back to Te Anau
????? This is where things really become hazy. Is it possible/worthwhile to explore
Dunedin. . .then on to Mt. Cook en route back to Christ Church for return?

or. . .if we can change our flight itinerary to have our return flight out of Queenstown rather than Christ Church (saving that long drive return) might that give us another day or so to stay longer at one of the destinations??? More relaxing???

We've spend a considerable amount of time reading guidebooks/searching out former Fodor's posts, and would appreciate any thoughts/comments on the above itinerary. Any ideas as to which areas might be best to stay a couple of nights, which we'd really like? We still have a couple of days to make changes to our flights. Thanks so much!

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