32 days in South Island Itinerary

32 days in South Island Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  8 h
1
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nelson
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
8
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): do a tasting at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop, thenexamine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, and then do a tasting at Rock Ferry Cellar Door. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts, admire the natural beauty at Upton Oaks Garden, do a tasting at Dog Point Vineyard, do a tasting at Te Whare Ra, thenlearn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, and finally do a tasting at Lawson’s Dry Hills.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Blenheim trip itinerary builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Blenheim is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Blenheim, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for little chillier days in Blenheim, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Renwick, The National Whale Centre
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Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop ©
Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts ©
Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts

2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Broadgreen Historic House, learn about winemaking at Neudorf Vineyards, thenget outside with u-fly extreme, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Wall To Wall Art Nelson, stop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, thenexamine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, thenhead outdoors with SUPSTAR, and finally explore the galleries of South Street Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nelson route planner.

Getting from Blenheim to Nelson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Neudorf Vineyards, u-fly extreme, Kaiteriteri Beach
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World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith ©
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith
Broadgreen Historic House ©
Broadgreen Historic House

4
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Hanmer Springs (Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, &more). And it doesn't end there: go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip site.

Getting from Nelson to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Franz Josef Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk.

Plan a Fox Glacier trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

3
nights
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.
Wanaka is known for nature, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, putt your heart out at Crossfire Wanaka, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka holiday planner.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track, Glencoe Walk, &more) and Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, trek along Red Tarns Track, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip site.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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: get curious at Otago Museum, explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, see the interesting displays at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, and identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin itinerary tool.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Dunedin in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau road trip site.

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

5
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 in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through The Remarkables Ski Area, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas

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