29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

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29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
2
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Greymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
10
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
12
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
13
Milford
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Port Hills and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Corsair Bay, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Christchurch is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November: high temperatures in Christchurch hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Transportation Tours
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Spas

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, then hike along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Emporium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then experience rural life at The Point Sheep Shearing Show.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura itinerary planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Kaikoura by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Emporium ©
The Emporium
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum

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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, then do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, and finally do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Yealands Estate Winery, do a tasting at Lawson’s Dry Hills, learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery, then learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Blenheim journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Yealands Estate Winery
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Yealands Estate Winery ©
Yealands Estate Winery

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): do a tasting at Seifried Estate, learn about winemaking at Rimu Grove Winery, learn about winemaking at Neudorf Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Riwaka River Estate, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Hop Federation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip maker .

You can drive from Blenheim to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Nelson

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Upper Moutere, Riwaka, Seifried Estate, Rimu Grove Winery
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Riwaka River Estate ©
Riwaka River Estate
Rimu Grove Winery ©
Rimu Grove Winery
Seifried Estate ©
Seifried Estate

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 11th (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, don't miss a visit to St Patrick's Parish, then stroll through Woods Creek Track, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and finally trek along Point Elizabeth Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, take in the views from Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Greymouth Breakwater, then look for gifts at Shades Of Jade, and finally take an in-depth tour of History House Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Greymouth road trip planning site .

You can drive from Nelson to Greymouth in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hokitika
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, then hike along Minnehaha Walk, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, then hike along Peters Pool Walk, then trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track.

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

You can drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Spas
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get outside with Oxbow The Adventure Co., indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then tee off at Wanaka Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, then trek along Isthmus Peak Track, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Wanaka Golf Course ©
Wanaka Golf Course
Spas
Aitken's Folly Vineyard ©
Aitken's Folly Vineyard

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, learn about winemaking at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, then sample the fine beverages at Cardrona Distillery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, experience rural life at Glenorchy Animal Experience, then have fun at Break One, and then play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries Golf

Side Trips

Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, Cardrona Distillery, Glenorchy Animal Experience
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Highlights from your plan
Break One ©
Break One
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door ©
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door
Cardrona Distillery ©
Cardrona Distillery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, then play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Golf Club ©
Te Anau Golf Club
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at St Clair Beach, then view the masterpieces at Happy Hens, and finally kick back and relax at Aramoana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Sandfly Bay Track, then contemplate the long history of Harrington Point, then kick back and relax at Karitane Beach, and finally get great views at Signal Hill.

You can plan Dunedin trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Spas
Karitane Beach ©
Karitane Beach

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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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue, examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, and then kick back and relax at Oreti Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery, then explore by horseback at Rakiura Rides, and then trek along Howells Point Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill online day trip planner .

Drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Howells Point Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Rakiura Rides ©
Rakiura Rides
Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Invercargill Brewery ©
Invercargill Brewery

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Stewart Island

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, then see the interesting displays at Rakiura Museum, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

You can plan Stewart Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Stewart Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

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Milford

Milford ©
On the 27th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Motuihe Island, then take in the exciting artwork at TOI Gallery, and then hike along Rangitoto Summit Track. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Inflatable World, then have some family-friendly fun at JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Fernglen Native Plant Gardens.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Milford journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Milford with the Route module. In November, daily temperatures in Milford can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milford

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Auckland Region, JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, Fernglen Native Plant Gardens, Inflatable World
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Motuihe Island ©
Motuihe Island
Inflatable World ©
Inflatable World
JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park ©
JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park

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