18 days in Wellington & South Island Itinerary

18 days in Wellington & South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 3 nights
2
Christchurch
— 2 nights
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
5
Te Anau
— 3 nights
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights

3
nights
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Wellington is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Wellington to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Great Alpine Highway
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, thenstroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Christchurch, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier travel website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Sealy Tarns Track, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and stroll through Red Tarns Track.

Plan a trip to Mt. Cook Village easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

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
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Te Anau fast, fun, and easy.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

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

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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.
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 Peregrine Wines, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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