15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
car:  3​h 30​min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
car:  6​h
7
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

1
night
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 10th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Hills.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online road trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Christchurch, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Fairlie Heritage Museum, then browse for treasures at Three Creeks, and then take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip planning site .

Getting from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Museums Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Fairlie, Three Creeks
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Fairlie Heritage Museum ©
Fairlie Heritage Museum
Three Creeks ©
Three Creeks

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 12th (Thu), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and then hike along Sealy Tarns Track. Keep things going the next day: trek along Mueller Hut Route and then trek along Hooker Valley Track.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village travel planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Get some cultural insight at National Transport and Toy Museum and Archangel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre with Clip 'n Climb and Spas. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, have some family-friendly fun at AirShed Wanaka, examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wanaka Beerworks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Wanaka online journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games Museums Wineries
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National Transport and Toy Museum ©
National Transport and Toy Museum
Spas

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, then take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Cardrona Distillery
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Spas
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Milford sound Hwy and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Trout Observatory and then tee off at Te Anau Golf Club.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Milford sound Hwy
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Trout Observatory ©
Trout Observatory
Te Anau Golf Club ©
Te Anau Golf Club

2
nights
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 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Robert Burns Statue, and finally kick back and relax at St Clair Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip maker app .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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