29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
2
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Greymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
7
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
9
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
10
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Travel:  3 h 30 min
12
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
13
Milford
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Velocity Karts. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Port Hills, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Christchurch online day trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Christchurch is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July, expect Christchurch to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Tours Transportation
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Spas

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 5th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, then stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Emporium. On the next day, stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then experience rural life at The Point Sheep Shearing Show.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kaikoura road trip app.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Emporium ©
The Emporium
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum

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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 7th (Tue), do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, then learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, then do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, and finally do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Yealands Estate Winery, do a tasting at Lawson’s Dry Hills, learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery, then do a tasting at Bladen Wines, then learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Blenheim road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Yealands Estate Winery
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Yealands Estate Winery ©
Yealands Estate Winery

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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 9th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Seifried Estate, learn about winemaking at Rimu Grove Winery, then do a tasting at Neudorf Vineyards, then do a tasting at Riwaka River Estate, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hop Federation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Railway Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nelson travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Blenheim to Nelson in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Nelson

Wineries Tours Trails

Side Trips

Upper Moutere, Riwaka, Rimu Grove Winery, Seifried Estate
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Riwaka River Estate ©
Riwaka River Estate
Rimu Grove Winery ©
Rimu Grove Winery
Seifried Estate ©
Seifried Estate

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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. On the 11th (Sat), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Parish, then stroll through Woods Creek Track, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and finally trek along Point Elizabeth Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hokitika Beach, take in the views from Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Greymouth Breakwater, then look for gifts at Shades Of Jade, and finally get engrossed in the history at History House Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Greymouth day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Greymouth takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hokitika
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, trek along Minnehaha Walk, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, then stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Franz Josef using our trip planner.

Getting from Greymouth to Franz Josef by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Spas
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co., then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then play a few rounds at Wanaka Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, then do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isthmus Peak Track, and finally explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Franz Josef to Wanaka by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Spas
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Highlights from your plan
Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Spas
Wanaka Golf Course ©
Wanaka Golf Course

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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 17th (Fri): do a tasting at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, sample the fine beverages at Cardrona Distillery, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Glenorchy Animal Experience, have fun at Break One, and then play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

Make your Queenstown itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Golf Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, Cardrona Distillery, Glenorchy Animal Experience
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Break One ©
Break One
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door ©
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door
Cardrona Distillery ©
Cardrona Distillery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, tee off at Te Anau Golf Club, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau route planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Golf
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Golf Club ©
Te Anau Golf Club
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach, then get some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandfly Bay Track, steep yourself in history at Harrington Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karitane Beach, and finally get great views at Signal Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dunedin road trip app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Spas
Karitane Beach ©
Karitane Beach

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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 23rd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue, examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oreti Beach. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery, ride a horse along Rakiura Rides, and then head outdoors with Howells Point Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Invercargill driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Howells Point Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Rakiura Rides ©
Rakiura Rides
Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Invercargill Brewery ©
Invercargill Brewery

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Stewart Island

Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, then see the interesting displays at Rakiura Museum, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Stewart Island journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island with the Route module. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Milford.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

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Milford

Milford ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Motuihe Island, browse the exhibits of TOI Gallery, and then hike along Rangitoto Summit Track. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Inflatable World, then get your game on at JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Fernglen Native Plant Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Milford road trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Milford with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milford

Fun & Games Parks Museums

Side Trips

Auckland Region, JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, Fernglen Native Plant Gardens, Inflatable World
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park ©
JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park
Inflatable World ©
Inflatable World
Motuihe Island ©
Motuihe Island

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