14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

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14 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Christchurch

2
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Port Hills, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, and contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. In February in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tatare Tunnels Walk and Mount Fox Route. Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Franz Josef (Roberts Point Track & Sentinel Rock Walk). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Copland Track, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and go for a walk through River Walk.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier holiday planning tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Minnehaha Walk ©
Minnehaha Walk
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Mueller Hut Route, then hike along Red Tarns Track, then hike along Governors Bush Walk, and finally trek along Glencoe Walk. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, trek along Sealy Tarns Track, and then trek along Kea Point Track.

Make your Mt. Cook Village itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hollyford Track and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Milford sound Hwy
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kayaking & Canoeing
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Break One and Queenstown Trail. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Break One ©
Break One
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Moke Lake ©
Moke Lake

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