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First trip trip to New Zealand South Island

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Hi, my wife don't take many breaks, but we're going to NZ in March 2017. Basically it's just sightseeing, lots of walking, some scenic driving.
The rough idea at this stage is to fly into Queenstown on March 3rd, (from Brisbane), leisurely make our way to Fox Glacier for a helicopter flight, drive through Marlborough to Picton and walk some of Queen Charlotte Track before leaving from Wellington on March 13th.
Initially Milford Sound was on the list but, unfortunately, by the time you count out arrival and departure day and 2 days of driving, something has to give.
The Queen Charlotte Track hike is really appealing and I'd like some advice please on which parts we should do if we only have 2 or 3 days, how to handle boat transport to and from etc. We're both fit and relatively fast walkers, (I'm mid 60's and my wife is early 50's), but we're not going there to race, we want to take the time to enjoy the area, it sounds wonderful.
I haven't looked into accommodation or anything yet. Initially we were considering camper van but I think we'll hire a car and try to find interesting accommodation.
Just thought I'd throw the idea out in the early stages to see if anyone with experience has any helpful advice.
Thank you.

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