14 days in South Island Itinerary

14 days in South Island Itinerary

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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Dunedin
— 1 night

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

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 Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). On the 27th (Sun), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Christchurch vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 December, expect nights in Christchurch to be a bit cooler, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Parks · Museums

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track & Sealy Tarns Track). There's much more to do: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, get interesting insight from Across Country Quad Bikes, trek along Moraine Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier
4.5
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6
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Hiking Trail
Sealy Tarns Track
4.9

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

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: push the limits with an extreme tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8
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Zipline
Zipline
4.8

4
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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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. On the 5th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and get all the equipment you need at Wild Rides.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary builder app.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0
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Water Body
Doubtful Sound
4.7

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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin online driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
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Rail Tour
Rail Tours
4.2
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Specialty Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
4.8

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