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New Zealand Itinerary Help

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My husband and I are planning our first trip to New Zealand in December. He'll work in Auckland for the first few days and then we plan to hit the road for 12 days. We like to take photos of beautiful scenery, explore and enjoy the culture. When we travel, we generally like to stay for a few days in one place, but I'm thinking we have too much ground to cover to do that much on this trip. I'm working on the itinerary and would like suggestions. Here is what I am thinking, with my questions:

Day 1. Drive to Rotorua via the Waitamo Caves. Night in Rotorua.
Day 2. Explore Rotorua including Tamaki Maori Village dinner. Night in Rotorua
Day 3. Drive to Wellington with stop in Taupo. Museum of NZ (maybe next morning). Night in Wellington.
Day 4. Ferry to Picton. See wineries if have time. Stay in Blenheim.
Day 5. Christchurch for night.
Day 6. Drive to Queenstown
Day 7. Queenstown where we may bicycle, boat trip, kayak, tour the scenery by car or 4 wheel drive
Day 8 Queenstown
Day 9. Queenstown to Te Anau. Overnight Te Anau.
Day 10. Milford Sound tour and cruise. Overnight Te Anau
Day 11. Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
Day 12. Return to Queenstown
Day 13. Return to Auckland by plane to catch early flight the next morning.

My big questions - Is it too exhausting to spend a day on a tour of Milford Sound and the next day leave for an overnight on Doubtful Sound?
Would we want to see the Glow worm caves at Te Anau after seeing them at Waitamo (or should we skip them in Waitamo and have more time for Rotorua area or just spend one night in Rotorua to make time somewhere else?)
Should we dump the rental car on Day 10 and rely on tour transportation? (spending night on Day 9 in Q'town and taking the tour from Q'town instead of Te Anau. We'd have to be dropped off in Te Anau for the night to be ready for our Doubtful sound trip the next morning)
Should we dump the rental car in Wellington and take the ferry without, then pick another up in Picton? Suggestions welcome.

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