8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

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Fly
1
Invercargill
— 1 day
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus
3
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
4
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Christchurch
— 1 night

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1
day
Invercargill

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, and then stroll around Queens Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Invercargill online trip builder.

Christchurch to Invercargill is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau sightseeing planning website.

You can take a bus from Invercargill to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
Milford Sound ©
Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
The Chasm Walk ©
Hiking Trail
The Chasm Walk
4.6

2
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.
On the 19th (Sat), push the limits with an extreme tour, then test your team's savvy at Escape Quest Queenstown, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ben Lomond Track, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip
©
Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.7
Ben Lomond Track ©
Hiking Trail
Ben Lomond Track
4.9

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wanaka Lavender Farm and Parasailing & Paragliding. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Roys Peak Track, and do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your trip
Roys Peak Track ©
Hiking Trail
Roys Peak Track
4.8
©
Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.9

1
night
Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Avon River.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Christchurch takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip
Avon River ©
Water Body
Avon River
4.5
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Historic Site
Riccarton House & Bush
4.5

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