15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

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, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Queenstown is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau journey planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 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 Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 9th (Mon), hike along Kea Point Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village route tool .

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

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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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.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Wanaka vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and then hike along Moraine Walk. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's still lots to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary website .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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