6 days in South Island Itinerary

6 days in South Island Itinerary

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6 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Picton
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

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night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 18th (Wed), do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, then learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, then do a tasting at Bladen Wines, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Picton road trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Picton is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Picton: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Renwick
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate

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night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then stop by Kaikoura Cheese, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Picton to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 20th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip website .

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then browse the exhibits of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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