15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 1 night
2
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
3
Greymouth
— 1 night
4
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
5
Hokitika
— 1 night
6
Franz Josef
— 1 night
7
Wanaka
— 1 night
8
Te Anau
— 2 nights
9
Queenstown
— 2 nights
10
Cromwell
— 3 nights

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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover how to plan a Christchurch trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Christchurch at °C and lows at °C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa and then identify plant and animal life at Hanmer Springs Animal Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs journey planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Greymouth.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

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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. You've now added Brunner Mine Site Walk to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Greymouth day trip planning website.

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Greymouth in 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Arthur's Pass National Park.
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
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Brunner Mine Site Walk
Brunner Mine Site Walk

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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, thenhike 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.

For more things to do, traveler tips, 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

Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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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. For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, 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 to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef visit planner.

Drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Helicopter Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka takes 6 hours. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
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Helicopter Tours

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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.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Te Anau takes 6.5 hours. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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. Attractions like The Remarkables Ski Area and Kiwi Birdlife Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: make a splash at Alpine Aqualand.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Queenstown online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cromwell.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Speed Boats Tours

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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akarua. Kids will appreciate attractions like Otago Central Rail Trail and Goldfields Mining Centre. When in Cromwell, make a side trip to see Cardrona Distillery in Cardrona, approximately Cardrona away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Crown Range Road, relax in the rural setting at Cheeki Cherries, and learn about winemaking at Wooing Tree Vineyard.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cromwell travel planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Cromwell by car takes about an hour. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cromwell

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Crown Range Road, Otago Central Rail Trail, Cardrona Distillery
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Goldfields Mining Centre ©
Goldfields Mining Centre
Cheeki Cherries ©
Cheeki Cherries

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