13 days in South Island Itinerary

13 days in South Island Itinerary

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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights

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Christchurch

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 8th (Thu): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary website.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, hike along Minnehaha Walk, and identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters, trek along The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau journey planning website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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