10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island itinerary planner

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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Greymouth
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Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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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.
To plan Christchurch vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Christchurch, with lows of 2°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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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. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Greymouth trip maker site.

You can drive from Christchurch to Greymouth in 3.5 hours. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Franz Josef

— 1 night
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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Franz Josef vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Wanaka

— 1 night
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Franz Josef to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

Queenstown

— 6 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Paddle Queenstown, Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, and other attractions.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown route planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.