8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Christchurch
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip site.

Christchurch to Te Anau is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side 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.
Family-friendly places like Hollyford Track and Spas will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online holiday builder.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
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 1st (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore and take pictures at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, then hike along Moraine Walk, and finally hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch road trip site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Museums · Fun & Games

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.