14 days in South Island & New Delhi Itinerary

14 days in South Island & New Delhi Itinerary

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14 days in South Island & New Delhi Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
5
New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 7th (Fri), take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get your game on at Velocity Karts, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Christchurch is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from San Francisco to Christchurch. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: highs in Christchurch hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 9th (Sun), get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then hike along Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): trek along Kea Point Track, stroll through Red Tarns Track, and then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks 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
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
On the 11th (Tue), stroll through The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 13th (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at India Gate, enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, and explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online day trip planner .

Getting from Queenstown to New Delhi by flight takes about 22 hours. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Queenstown to New Delhi due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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