5 days in South Island Itinerary

5 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Glenorchy
— 1 night
Drive
3
Te Anau
Bus
4
Arrowtown
Bus
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus

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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 Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa as well as Family Adventures. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): relax and float downstream with Family Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then hike along Queenstown Hill, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and finally look for gifts at Antipodean Trader.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip maker.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Glenorchy

— 1 night
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve, then take a leisurely stroll along Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk, then experience rural life at Glenorchy Animal Experience, and finally stop by Mrs Woolly's General Store.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Glenorchy tour builder tool.

You can drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Glenorchy

Shopping

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.
To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Glenorchy to Te Anau with the Route module. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Arrowtown

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get outside with Arrowtown Village.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arrowtown travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Arrowtown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors
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.
To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Wanaka driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by bus from Arrowtown to Wanaka takes 4 hours. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

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.