8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

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8 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
+2
train + Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
End: Newcastle

2
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.
On the 12th (Wed), hike along Kepler Track and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau day trip website .

Newcastle, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Newcastle to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails
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Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and finally stroll through Sealy Tarns Track.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and then hike along Mount Fox Route.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
nights
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 17th (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then fly down the slopes at PowderPak Parks, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then hike along Ben Lomond Track, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Queenstown driving holiday site .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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