6 days in South Island Itinerary

6 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island tour itinerary planner

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Pukaki
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Timaru
— 1 night
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Akaroa
— 1 night
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Pukaki

— 1 night
On the 12th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Tahr Sculpture and then experience rural life at New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pukaki trip planner.

Christchurch to Pukaki is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.

Te Anau

— 1 night
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 13th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along The Chasm Walk and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pukaki to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dunedin trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin with the Route module. You'll set off for Timaru on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Timaru

— 1 night
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. On the 15th (Tue), shop like a local with Te Ana Maori Rock Art, then examine the collection at South Canterbury Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Caroline Bay Beach, and finally experience rural life at Blueberry Haven.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Timaru trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Timaru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Akaroa

— 1 night

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, stop by Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Tane.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Akaroa online travel route planner.

Getting from Timaru to Akaroa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. June in Akaroa sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will leave for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Akaroa

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.