35 days in South Island Itinerary

35 days in South Island Itinerary

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Dunedin
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 13 nights

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Dunedin

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.
Dunedin is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Larnach Castle & Gardens, get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dunedin trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

4
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & The Garden at French Farm). On the 17th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Christchurch by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier) and Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Skydive Fox Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and trek along Minnehaha Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

4
nights
Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track, and pause for some photo ops at Wanaka War Memorial.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Wanaka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Little Paradise Dream Garden in Mount Creighton (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online tour planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

13
nights
Te Anau

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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Bowen Falls, &more). Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 6th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Hollyford Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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