14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

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14 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Nelson
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Manapouri
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Christchurch

1
night
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, hike along Woods Creek Track, hike along Point Elizabeth Walkway, then hike along Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally trek along Pororari River Track. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paparoa National Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Greymouth travel route planner.

Nelson to Greymouth is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park
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Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Pororari River Track ©
Pororari River Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): trek along Peters Pool Walk, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then trek along Minnehaha Walk, and finally stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier road trip planner .

Getting from Greymouth to Fox Glacier by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
To plan Wanaka vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Manapouri.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

4
nights
Manapouri

Manapouri ©
Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. Step out of the city life by going to Hump Ridge Track and Manapouri Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Real Country and Wild Wool Gallery. Explore Manapouri's surroundings by going to Statue of Stag (in Mossburn) and The Cwtch Gallery (in Tuatapere). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manapouri trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Manapouri. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Manapouri

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tuatapere, Statue of Stag, Real Country
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Hump Ridge Track ©
Hump Ridge Track
Manapouri Lake ©
Manapouri Lake
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Dunedin

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shag Point Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Huriawa Pa Walk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin road trip website .

You can drive from Manapouri to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Shag Point Nature Reserve, Huriawa Pa Walk
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

2
nights
Twizel

Twizel ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ruataniwha, see Off-Road Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at SkyScape and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohau.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Twizel online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Twizel takes 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, Off-Road Tours, Gem Alpaca Stud
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Lake Ruataniwha ©
Lake Ruataniwha
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
Lake Ohau ©
Lake Ohau

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