10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Christchurch International Airport, Drive to Geraldine
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Geraldine
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cromwell
— 1 night
Drive
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Geraldine

Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. Geraldine Observatory has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Susan Badcock Studio and then look and learn at Geraldine Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geraldine road trip tool.

Auckland to Geraldine is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Geraldine

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Lake Tekapo

— 2 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, then trek along Hooker Valley Track, and then trek along Kea Point Track.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo travel route planning app.

Getting from Geraldine to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Wanaka

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka and then trek along Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cromwell.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Cromwell

— 1 night
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): go deep underground at Goldfields Mining Centre, then get great views at The Bruce Jackson Lookout, then view the masterpieces at Eade Gallery, and finally hike along Otago Central Rail Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cromwell trip maker website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Cromwell in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Cromwell

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Te Anau

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. On your second day here, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Te Anau sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Cromwell to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Queenstown

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Artbay Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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.