11 days in South Island Itinerary

11 days in South Island Itinerary

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11 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  4​h 45​min
End: Nelson

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Queenstown International Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip builder app .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Wanaka War Memorial and then hike along Roys Peak Track. On the next day, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
Franz Josef is known for nature, spas, wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Hooker Valley Track, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Franz Josef trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Hooker Valley Track
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, cast your line with a fishing tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, and finally trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura online trip maker .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Kaikoura in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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