15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
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Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Port Hills.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip builder app.

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, you will find days in Christchurch are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are colder (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Fairlie Heritage Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Three Creeks, and then view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips

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Mt. Cook Village

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

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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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.
Attractions like National Transport and Toy Museum and The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Rippon Vineyard and Aitken's Folly Vineyard. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Archangel, have some family-friendly fun at Basecamp Adventures Wanaka Climbing Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games · Museums · Wineries · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To plan Queenstown vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

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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): identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Trout Observatory and then play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online travel planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Robert Burns Statue, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dunedin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

South Island travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails
Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.