17 days in South Island & Auckland Itinerary

17 days in South Island & Auckland Itinerary

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17 days in South Island & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  10 h
1
Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Kaka Point
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
9
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
11
Blenheim
— 1 night
Train + Drive:  4 h
12
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
14
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h
End: Perth

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 (Sat): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

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Perth, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. In February, Christchurch is little chillier than Perth - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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Akaroa

Akaroa
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Akaroa tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Akaroa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 9th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

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Traveling by car from Akaroa to Lake Tekapo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaka Point.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

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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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, enjoy the sea views from Nugget Point Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Teapot World.

Plan my day in Kaka Point using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Kaka Point takes 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Kaka Point

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Owaka, Nugget Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks
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Tunnel Hill ©
Tunnel Hill
Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse

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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.
On the 11th (Tue), get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaka Point to Te Anau. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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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 13th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation website .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park and then stroll through Woods Creek Track.

To find photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Greymouth trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Franz Josef to Greymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nelson.

Things to do in Greymouth

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Shades Of Jade ©
Shades Of Jade
Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 17th (Mon), see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip site .

Getting from Greymouth to Nelson by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kaiteriteri Beach
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Queen's Gardens ©
Queen's Gardens

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Picton online journey builder .

Getting from Nelson to Picton by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop, examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Blenheim road trip app .

Blenheim is just a short distance from Picton. In February, daytime highs in Blenheim are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Museums Wineries
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop ©

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and then take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hanmer Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of train and car from Blenheim to Hanmer Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Nature Spas
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Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Majuba Gallery ©
Majuba Gallery

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Quake City and then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

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Getting from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Quake City ©
Quake City
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

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Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see photos, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Christchurch to Auckland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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