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New Zealand need some help first trip
We just started planning our trip. We only have 14 days in NZ so not a lot of time.. we will be in Australia first.. Melbourne for 5 days then will come to either Wellington and head south to Queenstown and then to Sydney for 3 days before going home.
I had wanted to see Able Tasman Park but may have to give that up due to time constraints as it seems it takes awhile to get from one place to another so if we don't do Able Tasman then we will be going from CC to Queenstown and cut out Able Tasman
Once in CC.. not sure how many days to hang there and what would be considered day trips from there. Thinking about getting from one place to another buy bus or train and then maybe renting a car to get around while we are in each home base the thing is not sure where home base should be for what.. Christ Church was one thought then take the Trans alpine train to graymouth and then head south from there.. we want to see some of the glaciers, Mt Cook, Milford sound.. possibly Wanaka and Te Anau we like to hike--photography --but not into extreme adventures:) We are not sure if one stays in one place and does some of these sights as day trips
So my questions are
what would make the most sense in terms of where to stay as a home base?..
what might be a good route to hit the sights mentioned ?
how much time would be advised (considering our limited time) to stay in each area?
Where would be advised to have a car and when can we bus it?
Any and all advice would be appreciated!

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