22 days in South Island Itinerary

22 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  8 h
1
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Franz Josef
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Dunedin is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, get curious at Otago Museum, appreciate the history behind Robert Scott Memorial, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin online trip builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Dunedin is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). On the 17th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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, fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
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.
Explore Franz Josef's surroundings by going to Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Moraine Walk, &more) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Mount Cook Alpine Memorial, Hooker Valley Track, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Peters Pool Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Franz Josef takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Take a break from Christchurch with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Akaroa, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

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

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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 30th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at The Emporium, and finally trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

2
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): stop by Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts, do a tasting at Cloudy Bay, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop, thendo a tasting at Framingham Wines, and finally stroll around Pollard Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Blenheim road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Blenheim are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Framingham Wines
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

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