8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island holiday planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Fly
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
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Queenstown — 2 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

Plan a trip to Queenstown easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Queenstown is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 3 nights

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.
On the 27th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Franz Josef.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Franz Josef — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then explore and take pictures at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.
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Side Trip

Christchurch — 1 night

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Southern Encounter.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Transportation · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

South Island travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails
Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.
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