12 days in South Island Itinerary

12 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights

4
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.
On the 21st (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 22nd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online holiday planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitre Peak, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Kea Point Track, thenhike along Glencoe Walk, thenfly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and finally see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Moraine Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, thenexplore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Sentinel Rock Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) travel route planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Fox Glacier
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 30th (Thu), catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, thenstroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, thenexamine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch online road trip planner.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. July in Christchurch sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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