23 days in South Island Itinerary

23 days in South Island Itinerary

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23 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
2
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Collingwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Wanaka
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Omarama
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Christchurch day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Christchurch is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Christchurch to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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3
nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seal Kayak Kaikoura as well as Dolphin & Whale Watching.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura travel planner.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Collingwood.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seal Kayak Kaikoura ©
Seal Kayak Kaikoura

3
nights
Collingwood

Collingwood ©
Collingwood is a town in the north-west corner of the South Island of New Zealand along Golden Bay. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Collingwood trip planning website .

Getting from Kaikoura to Collingwood by car takes about 5.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hokitika.

Things to do in Collingwood

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
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Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©

1
night
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. To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hokitika visit planner .

Drive from Collingwood to Hokitika in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Wildlife Parks
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

2
nights
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.
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Pools Track. There's more to do: stroll through Roys Peak Track.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Wanaka tour planner.

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Omarama.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

3
nights
Omarama

Omarama ©
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. You've now added Hooker Valley Track to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Omarama trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Omarama takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Omarama

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
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You can drive from Omarama to Christchurch in 4 hours. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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