15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Toowoomba
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Toowoomba

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 Lake Gunn, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Te Anau fast, fun, and easy.

Toowoomba, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village to go to Lake Tekapo and see Lake Tekapo, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Mueller Hut Route, hike along Kea Point Track, and fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 11th (Mon), hop aboard TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. Keep things going the next day: get around town with Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch travel app .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch in 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, then explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and finally trek along Terrace Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
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, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip site .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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