7 days in South Island Itinerary

7 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bluff
Unknown
4
Stewart Island
— 1 night
Unknown
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Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Auckland

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Queenstown

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder website.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Invercargill

— 1 night
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Classic Motorcycle Mecca and then delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Invercargill trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Invercargill by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Bluff.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

Bluff

Bluff, previously known as Campbelltown, is a town and seaport in the Southland region, on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bluff itinerary planning site.

Bluff is just a stone's throw from Invercargill. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Bluff

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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Stewart Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Rakiura Museum, then head off the coast to Ulva Island, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Stewart Island day trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bluff to Stewart Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:

Te Anau

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stewart Island to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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South Island travel guide

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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.