7 days in South Island Itinerary

7 days in South Island Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Bowen Falls).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau driving holiday planner.

Auckland to Te Anau is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your trip
Milford Sound ©
Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
Hollyford Track ©
Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0

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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.
Attractions like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation builder.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
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Spa
Spas
4.5
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8

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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 31st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Christchurch tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your trip
Canterbury Museum ©
History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6

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