9 days in South Island Itinerary

9 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Canberra
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Canberra

2
nights
Te Anau

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.
On the 8th (Thu), hike along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker app.

Canberra, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Te Anau is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Outside Sports Queenstown, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary planning app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
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 12th (Mon): hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, trek along Minnehaha Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, then stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, then trek along Franz Josef Glacier, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, then look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. On your second day here, take a stroll around The Arts Centre, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then get your game on at Velocity Karts, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Transportation
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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