11 days in South Island Itinerary

11 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Zipline. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Te Anau

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). The adventure continues: trek along Lake Marian Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Te Anau online trip planner.

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

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Glacier Explorers, then hike along Glencoe Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and finally stroll through Sealy Tarns Track.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. In December in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Transportation · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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.