10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly

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Queenstown

— 3 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.
On the 2nd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Queenstown Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip site.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · 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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Te Anau itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): trek along Minnehaha Walk, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take the plunge with Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier, and finally hike along Franz Josef Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk, then stroll through Ski The Tasman, and finally hike along Kea Point Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · 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 8th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. In October, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can 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.