15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  11​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Timaru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Hokitika
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Picton
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Perth

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then grab your bike and head to Queenstown Trail, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

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Perth, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Zipline

1
night
Dunedin

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 (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then look for gifts at Happy Hens, then pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at St Clair Beach and then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Dunedin online tour builder .

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

2
nights
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Tuesday. On the next day, examine the collection at South Canterbury Museum, experience rural life at Blueberry Haven, then kick back and relax at Caroline Bay Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Te Ana Maori Rock Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Timaru attractions planner .

You can drive from Dunedin to Timaru in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

The Giant Jersey, Pleasant Point Museum and Railway
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Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
South Canterbury Museum ©
South Canterbury Museum
Pleasant Point Museum and Railway ©
Pleasant Point Museum and Railway

2
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 14th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Dorothy Falls, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, then browse the exhibits of Wilderness Gallery, and finally trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, stop by Bonz 'N Stonz, and then examine the collection at Westland Industrial Heritage Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika travel planner .

Drive from Timaru to Hokitika in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hokitika

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Shantytown Heritage Park
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Bonz 'N Stonz ©
Bonz 'N Stonz

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, stroll around Riccarton House & Bush, then have fun at Velocity Karts, and finally contemplate the long history of Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Hokitika to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

3
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the pleasant sights at Karaka Point Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, then head outdoors with Tirohanga Track, then steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and finally head outdoors with Sounds Air.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Picton road trip app .

Fly from Christchurch to Picton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Christchurch in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Picton. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Renwick
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Bladen Wines ©
Bladen Wines

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