18 days in South Island Itinerary

18 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Christchurch
— Few hours
2
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
3
Kaikoura
— 1 night
4
Blenheim
— 1 night
5
Motueka
— 2 nights
6
Greymouth
— 1 night
7
Franz Josef
— 1 night
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
9
Te Anau
— 2 nights
10
Invercargill
— 1 night
11
Dunedin
— 1 night
12
Moeraki
— Few hours
13
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
14
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
15
Christchurch
— 1 night

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Pegasus Bay Winery has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch tour itinerary maker app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Christchurch. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Wineries
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Pegasus Bay Winery ©
Pegasus Bay Winery

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanmer Springs trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature Parks Spas
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Waiau River Estate ©
Waiau River Estate

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 29th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, learn about winemaking at Wither Hills Cellar Door, do a tasting at Cloudy Bay, thenexplore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Blenheim attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel to Motueka.

Things to do in Blenheim

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Picton
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Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Picton Sound ©
Picton Sound

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Motueka

Motueka ©
You've now added Abel Tasman Coast Track to your itinerary. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Tonga Island Marine Reserve and then hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Motueka trip builder app.

Getting from Blenheim to Motueka by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Greymouth on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Motueka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Abel Tasman National Park
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, take an in-depth tour of History House Museum, and then make a trip to Brunner Mine Site Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Greymouth online road trip planner.

Getting from Motueka to Greymouth by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Coal Creek Track, Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, thentake an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef holiday planner.

Drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Helicopter Tours
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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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 4th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Moa Statue and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Village Green, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Alta Track, thendo a tasting at Peregrine Wines, thenlearn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and finally hit the slopes at PowderPak Parks.

You can plan Queenstown trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for Te Anau on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

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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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Te Anau online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. You will leave for Invercargill on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Southern Scenic Route.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Invercargill road trip planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Invercargill in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Bluff Hill
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Dig This Invercargill ©
Dig This Invercargill
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 10th (Thu), you're off to Moeraki.
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The World's Steepest Street ©
The World's Steepest Street

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Moeraki

Moeraki ©
Moeraki is a small fishing village on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 10th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Katiki Point Lighthouse.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Moeraki route planning site.

You can drive from Dunedin to Moeraki in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Moeraki

Historic Sites
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Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Mueller Hut Route, hike along Red Tarns Track, thenlook and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, thentrek along Glencoe Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Moeraki to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

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

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo in 2.5 hours. On the 13th (Sun), you're off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
On the 13th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Orana Wildlife Park, go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, and then explore the activities along Avon River.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Christchurch online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Margaret Mahy Family Playground
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

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