5 days in South Island Itinerary

5 days in South Island Itinerary

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1
Christchurch
— Few hours
2
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
5
Christchurch
— Few hours

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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.
For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip builder tool.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in August, Christchurch is a bit cooler at night with lows of 2°C. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Take the guesswork out of planning a Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, race across the water with Tekapo Jet, then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and finally boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo journey maker site.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Tekapo Springs ©
Tekapo Springs

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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.
On the 1st (Tue), hike along Mount Iron Track and then hit the slopes at Wanaka.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hop aboard TranzAlpine Train.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Christchurch day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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