15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

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

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and hike along Ben Lomond Track.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

4
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 17th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip maker .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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 with an excursion to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hooker Valley Track, trek along Kea Point Track, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) 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
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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 21st (Tue), examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, then catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Christchurch itinerary website .

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch by car takes about 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Transportation
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then hike along Moraine Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

Find out how to plan Fox Glacier trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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