14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

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Fly
1
Dunedin
— 1 night
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly

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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens and then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

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Wellington to Dunedin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums
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4
nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 11th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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4
nights
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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

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You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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3
nights
Franz Josef

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Change things up with these side-trips from Franz Josef: Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach & Minnehaha Walk). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef trip maker site.

Getting from Queenstown to Franz Josef by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 20th (Sat): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planner.

Drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.