16 days in South Island Itinerary

16 days in South Island Itinerary

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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 5 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Christchurch to Akaroa to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 25 min away. On the 28th (Sun), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip maker website.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in March, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

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Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (River Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Franz Josef (Spas & Peters Pool Walk).

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:

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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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

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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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown route builder site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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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.