60 days in South Island Itinerary

60 days in South Island Itinerary

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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 6 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Queenstown
— 8 nights
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Wanaka
— 6 nights
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Franz Josef
— 5 nights
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Akaroa
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 6 nights
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Hanmer Springs
— 3 nights
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Kaikoura
— 4 nights
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Blenheim
— 4 nights
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Nelson
— 5 nights

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Get out of town with these interesting Lake Tekapo side-trips: Glencoe Walk (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)), Mt. Cook Village (Governors Bush Walk, Red Tarns Track, &more) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo and take a tour by water with Tekapo Jet.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip planning website.

Auckland to Lake Tekapo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

6
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Ahuriri Flat), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Roaring Bay (in Kaka Point). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, and identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre.

Discover how to plan a Dunedin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

7
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 28th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 31:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters

8
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Goldfields Mining Centre (in Cromwell), Glenorchy Animal Experience (in Glenorchy) and Alan Waters Art Gallery (in Bannockburn). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 8:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

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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.
When in Wanaka, make a side trip to see Maori Point Vineyard in Tarras, approximately Tarras away. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

5
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Franz Josef: Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach & Minnehaha Walk) and Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks

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Akaroa

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Venture out of the city with trips to Little River (Little River Gallery & Manderley Farm). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, do a tasting at Meniscus Wines, and play a few rounds at Akaroa Golf Club.

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

You can drive from Franz Josef to Akaroa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In November, daily temperatures in Akaroa can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little River Gallery ©
Little River Gallery
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

6
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydiving Kiwis Otautahi.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Christchurch day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Christchurch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Parks · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Hanmer Springs is known for nature, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, race across the water with Hanmer Springs Attractions, get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, and cruise along Rainbow Road.

Start your trip to Hanmer Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Hanmer Horse Trekking ©
Hanmer Horse Trekking
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Hanmer Springs Attractions ©
Hanmer Springs Attractions

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura is known for wildlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, sample the tasty concoctions at The Emporium, identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, and hike along Ohau Stream Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Step out of Blenheim with an excursion to Pelorus Eco Adventures in Havelock--about 34 minutes away. Dedicate the 6th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, learn about winemaking at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop, experience rural life at Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries, and admire the natural beauty at Upton Oaks Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Blenheim trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Pelorus Eco Adventures ©
Pelorus Eco Adventures

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nelson: Kaiteriteri Beach (in Kaiteriteri), Neudorf Vineyards (in Upper Moutere) and Abel Tasman National Park (Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours & Abel Tasman Coast Track). On the 14th (Mon), hike the day away at Queen Charlotte Track. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Cable Bay Adventure Park, sample the fine beverages at Liquid Alchemy, don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, and look for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nelson day trip planning website.

Getting from Blenheim to Nelson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours ©
Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Cable Bay Adventure Park ©
Cable Bay Adventure Park

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