9 days in South Island Itinerary

9 days in South Island Itinerary

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9 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Queenstown Trail, then get your game on at Dark Ride, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown tour planning app .

Vancouver, Canada to Queenstown is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Vancouver to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Fishing Charters & Tours
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Blue Pools Track, then get interesting insight from Tours, then examine the collection at National Transport and Toy Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard.

Before you visit Wanaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Invercargill.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 16th (Sun), kick back and relax at Oreti Beach, then see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, then get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, and finally admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): walk around Queens Park, then head outdoors with Bluff Hill, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally head outdoors with Stirling Point.

Plan trip to Invercargill with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Invercargill takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bluff
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Bluff Hill ©
Bluff Hill
Stirling Point ©
Stirling Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, hike along Tunnel Beach Track, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

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