15 days in South Island Itinerary

15 days in South Island Itinerary

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15 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  25​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Lake Gunn, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary website .

New Delhi, India to Te Anau is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Get some historical perspective at Vesta Design Boutique and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Speed Boats Tours. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Spas
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, stroll through Tunnel Beach Track, then explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally explore and take pictures at The Royal Albatross Centre.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin travel planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then trek along Kea Point Track. On your second day here, hike along Sealy Tarns Track, trek along Glencoe Walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), The Church of the Good Shepherd
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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 25th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch day trip planning site .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral ©
Christchurch Cathedral

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