15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  29​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  39​h
End: London

2
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip app .

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Queenstown is 12 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Visiting Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and The Chasm Walk will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then hike along Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Governors Bush Walk, then trek along Sealy Tarns Track, and then stroll through Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Mount Fox Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier online visit planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

1
day
Abel Tasman National Park

Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Fox Glacier to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Tours Wildlife Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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