17 days in South Island Itinerary

17 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
2
Kaikoura
— 1 night
3
Picton
— 2 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
6
Te Anau
— 4 nights

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Christchurch is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Christchurch sightseeing planning app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Christchurch. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Museums Tours
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk, thenstop by Kaikoura Cheese, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

2
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then hike along Queen Charlotte Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, and then steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Picton itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Picton

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Renwick
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track, Glencoe Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk & Franz Josef Glacier). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Picton to Fox Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

4
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning app.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Fun & Games Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

4
nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 11th (Thu), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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