16 days in South Island Itinerary

16 days in South Island Itinerary

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16 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Port Vila, Efate
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Haast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h
5
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
7
Stewart Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h
8
Kaka Point
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Port Vila, Efate

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Plan a Queenstown trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Port Vila, Vanuatu to Queenstown is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Vila to Queenstown is 1 hour. You will leave for Wanaka on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Queenstown

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night
Haast

Haast ©
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Gates of Haast.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Haast sightseeing site .

You can drive from Queenstown to Haast in 3 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Haast

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Gates of Haast ©
Gates of Haast

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nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roberts Point Track. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, and then take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wanaka. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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.
For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau route builder tool .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. You will leave for Invercargill on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

2
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Invercargill Brewery as well as E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and then explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery. On your second day here, explore by horseback at Rakiura Rides.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Invercargill online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Invercargill by bus takes about 4 hours. You'll set off for Stewart Island on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Rakiura Rides ©
Rakiura Rides
Invercargill Brewery ©
Invercargill Brewery

1
night
Stewart Island

Stewart Island
To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Stewart Island trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaka Point.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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night
Kaka Point

Kaka Point
Kaka Point is a small settlement at the northern edge of The Catlins, an area of the southern South Island of New Zealand. To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kaka Point trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stewart Island to Kaka Point. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Kaka Point

Parks Outdoors Nature
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nights
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.
On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin online visit planner .

You can drive from Kaka Point to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown
To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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