14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Timaru
— 1 night
2
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
5
Te Anau
— 5 nights

1
night
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. On the 12th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Timaru Botanic Gardens, and then look and learn at Geraldine Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at South Canterbury Museum, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Caroline Bay Beach, thenstroll around Centennial Park, and finally relax in the rural setting at Blueberry Haven.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Timaru trip planner.

Dunedin to Timaru is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Geraldine Observatory
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Te Ana Maori Rock Art ©
Te Ana Maori Rock Art
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park

2
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, thensee the world from above with a helicopter tour, thenpause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally appreciate the history behind Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, thentake in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, and then stroll through Mount John Summit Circuit Track.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake Tekapo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Timaru to Lake Tekapo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Wanaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): hit the slopes at Wanaka and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stroll through Mount Iron Track.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Queenstown trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 24th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along Lake Marian Track, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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