15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip maker

Make it your trip
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Christchurch
— 3 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Paradise Ziplines. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 22nd (Sat), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Te Anau route planning website.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, get curious at Otago Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally hike along Tunnel Beach Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Larnach Castle & Gardens, identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Dunedin to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Akaroa (Lava & Dolphin & Whale Watching). On the 30th (Sun), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch tour itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.