14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

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Picton
— 1 night
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Hokitika
— 2 nights
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Bluff
— 1 night
7
Invercargill
— 1 night
8
Dunedin
— 1 night

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 10th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Picton trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Picton. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hokitika.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, then take a memorable tour with On yer bike! Adventures, then hike along Coal Creek Track, and finally snap pictures at Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, browse the exhibits of Hokitika Craft Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk, then get outside with Glow Worm Dell, then look for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hokitika Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip app.

You can drive from Picton to Hokitika in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Greymouth, Coal Creek Track
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

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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.
Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Skydive Fox Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, and identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Fox Glacier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks

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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 16th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, then stop by In The Pink Flower Company, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning site.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bluff.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Bluff

Bluff ©
Bluff, previously known as Campbelltown, is a town and seaport in the Southland region, on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): head outdoors with Bluff Hill, make a trip to Signpost, and then get outside with Stirling Point.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Bluff trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Bluff. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Bluff

Outdoors
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Stirling Point ©
Stirling Point
Bluff Hill ©
Bluff Hill

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 21st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery, stroll around Queens Park, then explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Invercargill trip planner.

Invercargill is just a stone's throw from Bluff. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
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Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Park ©
Queens Park
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©

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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 (Thu): contemplate the long history of Harrington Point, then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery.

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

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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