15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
On the 10th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Te Anau route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): hike along Kea Point Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski The Tasman, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, and identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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: get interesting insight from Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see Off-Road Tours, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip maker .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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