10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island attractions planner

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker app.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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Te Anau

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. On the 3rd (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau travel planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk & Helicopter Tours) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef).

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

1
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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

South Island travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails
Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.