10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island itinerary builder

Make it your trip
— 1 day
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Wellington



— 1 day

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 18th (Mon), go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online trip builder.

Wellington to Christchurch is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in January, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Parks · Museums

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Bring the kids along to Fox Glacier South Side Walk and Hooker Valley Track. Go for a jaunt from Fox Glacier to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to see Sealy Tarns Track about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, trek along Moraine Walk, and see Across Country Quad Bikes.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip builder site.

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips


— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and finally view the masterpieces at Artbay Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

Te Anau

— 4 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take a pleasant ride with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

South Island travel guide

Entertainment Centers · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails
Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.