10 days in South Island Itinerary

10 days in South Island Itinerary

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10 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Break One Clay Target Shooting and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and explore the activities along Arrow River.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning app .

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks
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Break One ©
Break One
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Arrow River ©
Arrow River

2
nights
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 29th (Sun), trek along Blue Pools Track, have some family-friendly fun at Crossfire Wanaka, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Snow Farm and then learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wanaka trip builder app .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Snow Farm NZ ©
Snow Farm NZ
Crossfire Wanaka ©
Crossfire Wanaka
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Hooker Valley Track and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village online journey builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

2
nights
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Hanmer Forest, relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, and then experience rural life at Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hanmer Springs trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Hanmer Springs takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along Avon River, then get your game on at Velocity Karts, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Avon River ©
Avon River
Room Escape Games

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