33 days in South Island Itinerary

33 days in South Island Itinerary

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Dunedin
— 1 night
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
4
Wanaka
— 3 nights
5
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
6
Greymouth
— 3 nights
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
8
Blenheim
— 3 nights
9
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
10
Christchurch
— 4 nights
11
Timaru
— 3 nights
12
Dunedin
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, and then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

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

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The World's Steepest Street ©
The World's Steepest Street

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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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Wild Wool Gallery (in Manapouri), Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau journey planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Wild Wool Gallery, Southern Lakes Helicopters, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown holiday maker website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

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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 2nd (Mon): zoom along the surf with Lakeland Wanaka, then learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Mount Iron Track.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Lakeland Wanaka ©
Lakeland Wanaka

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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 with an excursion to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, stroll through Gillespies Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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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. Explore Greymouth's surroundings by going to Hokitika (Hokitika Beach, Glow Worm Dell, &more) and Punakaiki (Truman Track, Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Elizabeth Walkway, stop by Shades Of Jade, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Greymouth road trip planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Greymouth in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Hokitika, Punakaiki
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: see Cable Bay Adventure Park, stroll around Founders Park, then make a trip to Centre of New Zealand, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Nelson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Nelson takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours ©
Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours
Cable Bay Adventure Park ©
Cable Bay Adventure Park
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum

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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Dedicate the 12th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door, grab your bike and head to Wither Hills Mountainbike Park, and admire the natural beauty at Upton Oaks Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Blenheim day trip planning site.

You can drive from Nelson to Blenheim in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Renwick, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

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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.
Kaikoura is known for wildlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, see Glenstrae Farm 4 Wheel Adventures, and get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (French Peak Wines, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 21st (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch attractions planner.

Drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Timaru is known for beaches, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Blueberry Haven, take in nature's colorful creations at Timaru Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at South Canterbury Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Aigantighe Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Timaru online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Timaru takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Timaru

Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
Famlan Farm Park ©
Famlan Farm Park
Te Ana Maori Rock Art ©
Te Ana Maori Rock Art

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, and then identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and then contemplate the long history of Harrington Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Dunedin online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Timaru to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Rail Tours

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