16 days in South Island Itinerary

16 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive
7
Punakaiki
— 1 night
Drive
8
Westport
— 1 night
Drive
9
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive
10
Christchurch
— 2 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.
Find out how to plan Christchurch trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Darwin, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Christchurch. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Darwin in June, with highs in Christchurch at 14°C and lows at 2°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Lake Tekapo

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

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You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Wanaka

— 1 night
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.
Wildwire Wanaka has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sun), skim along the rocks with Wildwire Wanaka.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

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

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Spas

Franz Josef

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): hike along Peters Pool Walk and then take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Franz Josef by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Hokitika

— 1 night
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hokitika planning app.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Hokitika in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Punakaiki on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Punakaiki

— 1 night
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Punakaiki trip planner.

You can drive from Hokitika to Punakaiki in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Westport on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Punakaiki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Westport

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): hike along Cape Foulwind Walkway.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Westport in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Conical Hill and then relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanmer Springs tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Westport to Hanmer Springs in 3 hours. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature · Parks · Spas

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Christchurch online day trip planner.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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.