15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting, then look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop, then cool off at Alpine Aqualand, and finally have some family-friendly fun at CaddyShack City Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Queenstown Underwater Observatory, then have fun at Queenstown Ice Arena, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop
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Spas
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand
Queenstown Ice Arena ©
Queenstown Ice Arena

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Gertrude Saddle, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Trout Observatory. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau visit planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

2
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Demolition World, then stroll through Rakiura Rides, and then kick back and relax at Oreti Beach. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Te Hikoi Southern Journey, and then step off the mainland to explore Howells Point Reserve.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Invercargill planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Invercargill. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Riverton
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Oreti Beach ©
Oreti Beach
Te Hikoi Southern Journey ©
Te Hikoi Southern Journey
Demolition World ©
Demolition World

2
nights
Wanaka

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 10th (Sat): trek along Isthmus Peak Track and then enjoy some diversion at Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre with Clip 'n Climb. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, go for a walk through Beacon Point Walk, and then get outside with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Wanaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Animal Farm, then have some family-friendly fun at Vortex Wind Karting, then get your game on at Pro Karts, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Rabbit island, kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, and then have fun at Cable Bay Shooting Adventures.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nelson trip planner.

You can fly from Wanaka to Nelson in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Animal Farm
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Rabbit island ©
Rabbit island
Queen's Gardens ©
Queen's Gardens

1
night
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, then don't miss a visit to Queen Mary Hospital, then identify plant and animal life at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, and then stop by The Decadent Fudge Company.

Make your Hanmer Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Nelson to Hanmer Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:
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Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Queen Mary Hospital ©
Queen Mary Hospital

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
On the 16th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hanmer Springs to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Nature
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Beer Tastings & Tours

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