15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Franz Josef
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Wanaka
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 30​min
8
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Cromwell
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Brisbane

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night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch day trip planning tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: high temperatures in Christchurch hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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night
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hanmer Springs Animal Park as well as Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanmer Springs Animal Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hanmer Springs road trip tool .

You can drive from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Greymouth.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©

1
night
Greymouth

Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Brunner Mine Site Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Greymouth day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Greymouth takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Arthur's Pass National Park.
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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night
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Otira Viaduct Lookout as well as Devils Punchbowl Walking Track. On the 12th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, then hike along Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, and then make a trip to Otira Viaduct Lookout. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arthur's Pass Chapel, hike along Bealey Spur, and then identify plant and animal life at Cave Stream Scenic Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Arthur's Pass National Park tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Greymouth to Arthur's Pass National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Cave Stream Scenic Reserve, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
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Cave Stream Scenic Reserve ©
Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
Otira Viaduct Lookout ©
Otira Viaduct Lookout
Arthur's Pass Chapel ©
Arthur's Pass Chapel

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night
Hokitika

Hokitika
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hokitika trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Hokitika. On the 14th (Sat), you're off toFranz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then identify plant and animal life at Fox Glacier.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Franz Josef road trip tool .

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

1
night
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 15th (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours
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Helicopter Tours

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Te Anau Glowworm Caves as well as Milford Sound.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau journey tool .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. You will leave for Queenstown on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Speed Boats Tours as well as Skyline Queenstown. On the 19th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park and make a splash at Alpine Aqualand.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Speed Boats Tours

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nights
Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. You've now added Akarua to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Cromwell to Cardrona to see Cardrona Distillery about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Otago Central Rail Trail, do a tasting at Wooing Tree Vineyard, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Goldfields Mining Centre, and relax in the rural setting at Cheeki Cherries.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cromwell holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Cromwell takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cromwell

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cardrona Distillery, Crown Range Road, Otago Central Rail Trail
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Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Crown Range Road ©
Crown Range Road
Cheeki Cherries ©
Cheeki Cherries

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