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New Zealand Itinerary

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My Wife and I are planning a trip to New Zealand and needs some help with what to add and what to drop. I’ve been reading trip reports and other posts and have included some suggestions into our itinerary, for instance flying on to the South Island the day we arrive in Auckland.
We’re 56 and 58, enjoy Photography, day hikes, kayaking, and wine and food. Travel Dates 2/24- 3/11
Day 1 Arrive AKL and fly onto Benheim
Day 2 Benheim, Get acclimated, wine tasting, Queen Charlotte Track
Day 3 Drive to Kaikoura, whale watch, lunch then onto Christchurch to get a little more Distance to Mt. Cook.
Day 4 Drive to Mt. Cook
Day 5 Queensland
Day 6 Queensland
Day 7 Queensland
Day 8 Milford Sound
Day 9 Lake Wanaka
Day 10 Lake Wanaka
Day 11 Franz Joseph
Day 12 Franz Joseph
Day 13 Hokitika
Day 14 Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch Fly to AKL
Day 15 AKL
Day 16 AKL
Day 17 AKL-LAX-RDU

So reading others inquiries I think this may be too ambitious. I’m trying to talk my significant other out of the 2 nights in AKL and give those days to the SI. I think Day 3 and 4 may have too much driving. Would you recommend breaking up the trip from Wanaka to Franz Joseph, if so where? We’re starting in Benheim as it looks like a nice place to recover from jet lag and we’re into wine.

Thanks in advance!

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