11 days in South Island Itinerary

11 days in South Island Itinerary

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Dunedin
— 1 day
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum and then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin holiday planner.

Auckland to Dunedin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Childrens Museums
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

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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.
Bring the kids along to Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. On the 8th (Fri), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along The Chasm Walk, race across the water with Fiordland Jet, and see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip website.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 10th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally trek along Peters Pool Walk. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, then get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Christchurch itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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