10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island holiday planner

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

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Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Corsair Bay will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canterbury Museum and Quake City. There's much more to do: examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and take a stroll around The Arts Centre.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch driving holiday planner.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in December, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, then hike along Moraine Walk, then trek along Minnehaha Walk, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier day trip app.

Drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hollyford Track and Te Anau Golf Club. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford sound Hwy in Milford Sound--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Trails

Side Trips

South Island travel guide

4.6
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.