10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4 h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
2
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Auckland

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 6th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and then let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, thentake an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, thenexamine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary website.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Auckland in July, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 8th (Wed), hike along Minnehaha Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentinel Rock Walk, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway. On the next day, look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, thenstroll through Glencoe Walk, and then hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online tour planner.

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Great Alpine Highway
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Minnehaha Walk ©
Minnehaha Walk

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Milford Sound and Trout Observatory. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Te Anau tour planner.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Coronet Peak and Kiwi Birdlife Park. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, have some family-friendly fun at Queenstown Ice Arena, stop by Outside Sports Queenstown, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas

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