15 days in Auckland & South Island Itinerary

15 days in Auckland & South Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— Few hours
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Christchurch
— Few hours
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
5
Twizel
— Few hours
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Omarama
— Few hours
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Cardrona
— Few hours
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Arrowtown
— Few hours
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Glenorchy
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 1 night
13
Bluff
— Few hours
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Invercargill
— Few hours
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Dunedin
— 1 night
16
Oamaru
— Few hours
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Timaru
— Few hours
18
Akaroa
— 1 night
19
Lyttelton
— 1 night
20
Arthur's Pass National Park
— Few hours
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Christchurch
— 2 nights

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Auckland

Auckland
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

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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.
To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Christchurch hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lake Tekapo, Tekapo Springs, Tekapo Star Gazing, and other attractions. On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, thentrek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, thenboost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs, and finally grab your flashlight and head to Tekapo Star Gazing.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Trails Spas
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Tekapo Springs ©
Tekapo Springs
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, Red Tarns Track, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Governors Bush Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track, get answers to all your questions at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, stroll through Glencoe Walk, thensee the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Twizel.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

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Twizel

Twizel ©
You've now added High Country Salmon to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at High Country Salmon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Twizel vacation planning tool.

Twizel is very close to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Omarama.
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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High Country Salmon ©
High Country Salmon

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Omarama

Omarama
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. Plan a trip to Omarama easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Omarama is very close to Twizel. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Omarama

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wanaka, Warbirds & Wheels and Roys Peak Track. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wanaka attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Omarama to Wanaka. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cardrona.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Warbirds & Wheels ©
Warbirds & Wheels
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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Cardrona

Cardrona
For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cardrona travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Cardrona with the Route module. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Cardrona

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Arrowtown

Arrowtown
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arrowtown online route planner.

Drive from Cardrona to Arrowtown in an hour. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Parks Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyline Queenstown, Coronet Peak and Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

Plan trip to Queenstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Queenstown is just a stone's throw from Arrowtown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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Glenorchy

Glenorchy ©
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve. On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Glenorchy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Glenorchy takes an hour. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
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Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve ©
Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cruise Milford as well as Fiordland i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. On the 22nd (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Cruise Milford and then get answers to all your questions at Fiordland i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Glenorchy to Te Anau with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bluff.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cruise Milford
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
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Cruise Milford ©
Cruise Milford
Fiordland i-SITE Visitor Information Centre ©

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Bluff

Bluff ©
Bluff, previously known as Campbelltown, is a town and seaport in the Southland region, on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Stirling Point has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Stirling Point.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bluff trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Bluff. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Invercargill.

Things to do in Bluff

Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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Stirling Point ©
Stirling Point

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bill Richardson Transport World as well as Burt Munro Statue. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World and then appreciate the history behind Burt Munro Statue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Invercargill journey maker site.

Invercargill is very close to Bluff. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World

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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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip maker website.

Getting from Invercargill to Dunedin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

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Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moeraki Boulders Beach. On the 24th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Moeraki Boulders Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Oamaru trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Oamaru takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Timaru.
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach

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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. You've now added Caroline Bay Beach to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Caroline Bay Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Timaru trip planner.

Drive from Oamaru to Timaru in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Timaru

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach

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Akaroa

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre as well as Akaroa Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaroa day trip website.

Getting from Timaru to Akaroa by car takes about 3 hours. In January in Akaroa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Lyttelton.

Things to do in Akaroa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Akaroa Lighthouse ©
Akaroa Lighthouse
Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre ©
Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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Lyttelton

Lyttelton
Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, at the north-western end of Banks Peninsula and close to Christchurch, on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand.Due to its establishment as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyttelton trip planner.

You can drive from Akaroa to Lyttelton in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Lyttelton

Parks Tours Shopping
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Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park
To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arthur's Pass National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lyttelton to Arthur's Pass National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
You've now added Orana Wildlife Park to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Orana Wildlife Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch online route maker.

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Christchurch with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Orana Wildlife Park ©
Orana Wildlife Park

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