10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

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10 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
2
Kaikoura
— Few hours
Bus:  3 h
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Singapore

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 27th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Christchurch, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

few
hours
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Christchurch tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Lake Tekapo on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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2
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the galleries of Burkes Pass Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then explore the activities along Lake Pukaki.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lake Tekapo online journey maker .

Drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fairlie, Geraldine Observatory, Lake Pukaki
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Mon), get all the information you need at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hapuka Estuary Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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