6 days in South Island Itinerary

6 days in South Island Itinerary

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6 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and International Antarctic Centre. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Christchurch is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, with highs in Christchurch at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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