10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip planner

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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Queenstown

— 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.
Kids will enjoy Skyline Queenstown and Zipline. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and hike along Ben Lomond Track.

To see maps and tourist information, read Queenstown holiday tool.

Wellington to Queenstown is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Te Anau trip simple and quick.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Kids will enjoy Fox Glacier South Side Walk and Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef) and Moraine Walk (in Fox Glacier).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 25th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Museums · Fun & Games

South Island travel guide

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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.