31 days in South Island Itinerary

31 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Stewart Island
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 9 nights
Drive
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Saint Arnaud
— 1 night
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Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Change things up with a short trip to Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown in Arrowtown (about 34 minutes away). On the 13th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a taste of the local shopping with Artbay Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation site.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Stewart Island

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Tue), trek along Rakiura Track. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, then head off the coast to Ulva Island, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stewart Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Queenstown to Stewart Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Te Anau

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stewart Island to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:

Wanaka

— 3 nights
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.
When in Wanaka, make a side trip to see Cardrona Alpine Resort in Cardrona, approximately Cardrona away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, appreciate the history behind Wanaka War Memorial, see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Snow Farm NZ.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Wanaka day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Franz Josef (Spas & Franz Josef Glacier).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Lake Tekapo

— 2 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo vacation builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Christchurch

— 9 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (The Giants House & Dolphin & Whale Watching). On the 30th (Wed), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Ferrymead Heritage Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and experience the excitement of Velocity Karts.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip app.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saint Arnaud.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Tours · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 8:

Saint Arnaud

— 1 night
Saint Arnaud is a small alpine village located in the north of New Zealand's South Island, west of the mountains of the Saint Arnaud Range and 90 kilometres southwest of Nelson near the historic Tophouse Settlement. On the 9th (Fri), explore the landscape on two wheels at Teetotal Mountain Bike Tracks and then explore the activities along Lake Rotoiti.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Saint Arnaud trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Saint Arnaud takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Arnaud

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

South Island travel guide

4.5
Bodies of Water · Entertainment Centers · Hiking Trails
Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.

Nelson-Tasman Region travel guide

4.4
Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums · Kayaking & Canoeing
Explore New Zealand at its very brightest in Nelson-Tasman Region, the country's sunniest area. Make the most of the fantastic visibility by sailing around the bays, kayaking up the creeks, and hiking the foothills to find picturesque vistas of the coast. With the climate ideal for farming, consider sampling some of the aromatic wines and delicious local seafood on your trip. Now recognized as one of the Southern Hemisphere's best craft-beer brewing regions, Nelson-Tasman Region offers enticing options for relaxation after a day of activity.