15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, look for gifts at Wilson Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): trek along Kea Point Track, then hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Keep things going the next day: hike along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village tour itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

1
night
Wanaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): trek along Franz Josef Glacier and then trek along Moraine Walk. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier journey maker site.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's much more to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip maker app.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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