17 days in South Island Itinerary

17 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Westport
— 2 nights
2
Hokitika
— 2 nights
3
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
6
Balclutha
— 2 nights
7
Twizel
— 2 nights
8
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
9
Christchurch
— 1 night

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport journey builder.

Nelson to Westport is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Nature Trails

Side Trip

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hokitika Gorge Walk as well as Tunnel Terrace Walk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hokitika trip maker app.

Drive from Westport to Hokitika in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
You've now added Lake Matheson Walk to your itinerary. On the 27th (Tue), trek along Moraine Walk and then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hokitika to Fox Glacier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 28th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Haast Pass. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown and then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Haast Pass
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery
Haast Pass ©
Haast Pass

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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.
You've added The Chasm Walk, Mirror Lakes Walk, Lake Marian Track, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll through Lake Marian Track and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, hike along The Chasm Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Te Anau visit planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Balclutha.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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nights
Balclutha

Balclutha ©
Balclutha is a town in Otago, lying towards the end of the Clutha River, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. McLean Falls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at McLean Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Nugget Point Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Balclutha visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Balclutha with the Route module. You will leave for Twizel on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Balclutha

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

McLean Falls, Nugget Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
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Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse

2
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Twizel

Twizel ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Clay Cliff. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Clay Cliff. On your second day here, stop by Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables and then relax in the rural setting at High Country Salmon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Twizel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Balclutha to Twizel takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Omarama, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables ©
Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables

2
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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hooker Valley Track as well as Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, appreciate the history behind Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Twizel to Lake Tekapo takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You've now added The Giants House to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Christchurch online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The Giants House
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:
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The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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