7 days in South Island Itinerary

7 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
3
Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Fox Glacier

— 1 night
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Glencoe Walk, trek along Hooker Valley Track, and then stroll through Minnehaha Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, don't miss a visit to River Walk, then trek along Moraine Walk, and finally go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier route website.

Queenstown to Fox Glacier is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 11th (Fri), push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau route site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

South Island travel guide

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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.