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NZ South Island Ideas Requested

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We are a couple in our early sixties planning to spend 22 nights on the South island in late February-mid March time-frame. We fly into Christchurch and out of Queenstown. The plan is to pick up a rental car at the beginning of the trip and drop it off in Queenstown at the end.
We are both in good shape physically and enjoy day hikes of not more than 10 miles.
I have been reading many of the trip reports of this region and they have been invaluable for their information.
Unlike many of the people that visit New Zealand our philosophy on travel is to get to know a little bit about each area we stay in rather than trying to cram in as many places as possible.So one night stays are not appreciated,and 3-4 nights in one location are more our norm of travel.
In the research I've done the places that look of most interest are the Glaciers,Milford Sound,perhaps a overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, Stewart Island,and Queenstown.
The east and northern part of the island are not a priority.
Driving will not be a problem for us because of multiple experiences of driving on the left in both the UK,Ireland and Australia.
Given all of the above what kind of itinerary would you New Zealand experts suggest,with optimal times to stay at each location.
Thanks...

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