15 days in Auckland & South Island Itinerary

15 days in Auckland & South Island Itinerary

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15 days in Auckland & South Island Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  6​h 30​min
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Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Twizel
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Omarama
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cardrona
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Arrowtown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Glenorchy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Bluff
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
14
Invercargill
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
15
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Timaru
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
18
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
19
Lyttelton
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
20
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Perth

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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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Auckland journey maker app .

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Perth, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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 find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Christchurch vacation planning tool .

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Christchurch: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
You've added The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mount John Summit Circuit Track, Tekapo Star Gazing, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then hike along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Tekapo Star Gazing.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Tekapo Star Gazing ©
Tekapo Star Gazing

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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 as well as Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get answers to all your questions at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, then see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and then trek along Kea Point Track.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Omarama.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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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. On the 17th (Fri), experience rural life at High Country Salmon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Twizel trip builder app .

Twizel is just a short distance from Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Omarama.
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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. To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Omarama driving holiday planner.

Omarama is very close to Twizel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Omarama

Outdoors Shopping 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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka online journey maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Omarama to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cardrona.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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Cardrona

Cardrona ©
Cardrona is the name of a locality in the Cardrona Valley in New Zealand, with the nearby skifield of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Mount Cardrona also using the same name. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cardrona Alpine Resort. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Start your trip to Cardrona by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Cardrona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Cardrona

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown
Hello! This is Arrowtown - the much visited, much loved, 4-season, southern hemisphere holiday destination, located only 15mins drive from the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arrowtown itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cardrona to Arrowtown takes an hour. You will leave for Queenstown on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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 Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises, Coronet Peak and Skyline Queenstown.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown driving holiday planner.

Queenstown is just a stone's throw from Arrowtown. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for 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. You've now added Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenorchy road trip site .

You can drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy in 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 Fiordland i-SITE Visitor Information Centre as well as Cruise Milford. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a tour by water with Cruise Milford and then get all the information you need at Fiordland i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau tour planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glenorchy to Te Anau. 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
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Cruise Milford ©
Cruise Milford

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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. You've now added Stirling Point to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Thu), head outdoors with Stirling Point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bluff route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Bluff. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for 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. On the 23rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World and then make a trip to Burt Munro Statue.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Invercargill trip itinerary planner.

Invercargill is very close to Bluff. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to 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 photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Invercargill to Dunedin in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Oamaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Moeraki Boulders Beach.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Oamaru tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Dunedin to Oamaru in 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 time for the car ride 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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Caroline Bay Beach. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Caroline Bay Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Timaru itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Oamaru to Timaru takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Timaru

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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, The Giants House and Akaroa Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaroa trip planner .

You can drive from Timaru to Akaroa in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Akaroa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Lyttelton.

Things to do in Akaroa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Akaroa Lighthouse ©
Akaroa Lighthouse
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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Lyttelton

Lyttelton
For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyttelton online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Lyttelton takes 1.5 hours. In January in Lyttelton, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lyttelton

Parks Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch holiday planner.

Christchurch is very close to Lyttelton. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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