14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island travel route builder

Make it your trip
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and see a show at The Arts Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting) and Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk & Gillespies Beach).

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) sightseeing planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

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

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak.

Plan my day in Te Anau using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 4 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 1st (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 31st (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and appreciate the history behind William Gilbert Rees Statue.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

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.