10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

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10 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Arthur's Pass National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  6​h 15​min
8
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
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Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast

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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner .

Gold Coast, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in February, things will get slightly colder in Christchurch: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. You will leave for Arthur's Pass National Park on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Devils Punchbowl Walking Track and then don't miss a visit to Otira Viaduct Lookout.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arthur's Pass National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Otira Viaduct Lookout ©
Otira Viaduct Lookout

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier online trip itinerary builder .

Fox Glacier is just a stone's throw from Franz Josef. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toWanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka tour itinerary app .

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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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 next day, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Gardens ©
Queenstown Gardens

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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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau travel route planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): hike along Governors Bush Walk and then trek along Hooker Valley Track.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Feb 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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