7 days in South Island Itinerary

7 days in South Island Itinerary

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7 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h
1
Hokitika
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 3rd (Fri), explore the galleries of Wilderness Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Hokitika Museum, then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, and finally head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hokitika day trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Hokitika is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Hokitika, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery

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.
On the 4th (Sat), don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Beach Track, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre, browse the exhibits of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dunedin travel route builder website .

You can fly from Hokitika to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Kea Point Track, then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Dunedin to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Kea Point Track
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and then hike along Ben Lomond Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, then do a tasting at Mt Rosa Wines, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake Hayes Walkway.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Lake Hayes Walkway, Horseback Riding Tours
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Fishing Charters & Tours

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