10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

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10 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  3​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Wellington

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum and then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre and then take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool .

Wellington to Christchurch is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in November, Christchurch is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier, then trek along Franz Josef Glacier, and then trek along Moraine Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then trek along Hooker Valley Track.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau attractions planning site .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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