8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

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8 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Dunedin
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then see the interesting displays at Quake City, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hagley Park. On your second day here, make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and then stroll through Orana Wildlife Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Christchurch hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ©
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Margaret Mahy Family Playground

1
night
Akaroa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the long history of The Giant's House, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Akaroa road trip planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
The Giant's House ©
The Giant's House

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Tue), look and learn at Otago Museum, steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin day trip app .

You can drive from Akaroa to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Childrens Museums Museums
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Rail Tours
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 27th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and then have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, trek along Queenstown Hill, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown route app .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Helicopter Tours

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