15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island planner

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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
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Picton
— 1 night
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Dunedin

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Beach Track, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then stroll through Penguin Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Robert Scott Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill, appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery.

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Auckland to Dunedin is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moke Lake and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Queenstown to go to Cromwell and see Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, stroll around Village Green, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Invercargill

— 1 night
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, and finally walk around Queens Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Invercargill trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Te Anau

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, then trek along The Chasm Walk, and then don't miss a visit to Homer Tunnel. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka

— 2 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 29th (Fri), trek along Mount Iron Track and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the next day, examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then trek along Blue Pools Track.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Wanaka with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): hike along Kea Point Track, then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Hanmer Springs.

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

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hanmer Springs

— 1 night

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Conical Hill, then stop by The Decadent Fudge Company, then take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Hanmer Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Picton.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then go for a stroll along the water at Picton Sound, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Picton trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Picton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. November in Picton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Picton

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

South Island travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Entertainment Centers · 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.