20 days in South Island Itinerary

20 days in South Island Itinerary

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Nelson
— 2 nights
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Westport
— 1 night
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Franz Josef
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Cromwell
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Invercargill
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 3 nights
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Timaru
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 4 nights

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Nelson

Nelson ©

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Appreciate the collections at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and Wall To Wall Art Nelson. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith and South Street Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelson: Kaiteriteri (Kaiteriteri Kayaks & Kaiteriteri Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at Cable Bay Adventure Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nelson online trip maker.

Picton to Nelson is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kaiteriteri Kayaks ©
Kaiteriteri Kayaks
Cable Bay Adventure Park ©
Cable Bay Adventure Park
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©

1
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Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Nelson to Westport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Westport

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Coaltown Museum ©
Coaltown Museum
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
West Coast Brewery ©
West Coast Brewery

1
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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): hike along Sentinel Rock Walk and then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

Start your trip to Franz Josef by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Westport to Franz Josef in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Sentinel Rock Walk ©
Sentinel Rock Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, then do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and then get a new perspective on things with Lakeland Wanaka.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wanaka journey planning website.

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Cromwell.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Lakeland Wanaka ©
Lakeland Wanaka

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Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, then learn about winemaking at Domain Road Vineyard, and finally indulge your senses at Roaring Wine Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Gilchrist's Oturehua Store, steep yourself in history at Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Otago Central Rail Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cromwell trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Cromwell. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Cromwell

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) ©
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door ©
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then tee off at Te Anau Golf Club.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Te Anau sightseeing planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cromwell to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Invercargill

Invercargill
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Invercargill online vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Invercargill takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

3
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Dunedin

Dunedin ©

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Let the collections at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Happy Hens capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Otago Peninsula and The Royal Albatross Centre. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Waikouaiti Beach in Waikouaiti--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at St Clair Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip maker.

You can drive from Invercargill to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula

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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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, then view the masterpieces at York Street Gallery of Fine Art, then browse the exhibits of Aigantighe Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Caroline Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, see the interesting displays at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, and then see the sky in a new way at Geraldine Observatory.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Timaru vacation planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Timaru in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum ©
Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Head to Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and Shopologyfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cardboard Cathedral and Riccarton House & Bush. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), take a stroll through Port Hills, and kick back and relax at Waikuku Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip planner.

Drive from Timaru to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral
Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) ©

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