29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

29 days in South Island & Milford Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
2
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
3
Blenheim
— 2 nights
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
5
Greymouth
— 2 nights
6
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
7
Wanaka
— 2 nights
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
9
Te Anau
— 2 nights
10
Dunedin
— 2 nights
11
Invercargill
— 2 nights
12
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
13
Milford
— 2 nights

2
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Port Hills and Spas. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch online tour planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Christchurch is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get colder in Christchurch: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Tours · Transportation
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Spas

2
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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, take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum, then hike along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at The Emporium. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then relax in the rural setting at The Point Sheep Shearing Show.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura online tour itinerary builder.

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

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
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): do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, do a tasting at Framingham Wines, then learn about winemaking at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, and finally do a tasting at Wither Hills Cellar Door. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Yealands Estate Winery, do a tasting at Lawson’s Dry Hills, learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery, learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blenheim trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Blenheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Yealands Estate Winery
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery ©
Villa Maria Estate Marlborough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Seifried Estate, learn about winemaking at Rimu Grove Winery, learn about winemaking at Neudorf Vineyards, then do a tasting at Riwaka River Estate, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hop Federation. On the next day, explore the galleries of Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nelson route planning app.

You can drive from Blenheim to Nelson in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Nelson

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Upper Moutere, Riwaka, Rimu Grove Winery, Seifried Estate
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Riwaka River Estate ©
Riwaka River Estate
Rimu Grove Winery ©
Rimu Grove Winery
Seifried Estate ©
Seifried Estate

2
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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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Parish, trek along Woods Creek Track, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and finally trek along Point Elizabeth Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, snap pictures at 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.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Greymouth trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Nelson to Greymouth in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors · Parks · 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

2
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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.
On the 13th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, trek along Minnehaha Walk, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, then stroll through Peters Pool Walk, then stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally trek along Roberts Point Track.

To plan Franz Josef vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 15th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with Oxbow Adventure Co, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tee off at Wanaka Golf Course. On your second day here, examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, then do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, then hike along Isthmus Peak Track, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka trip planning website.

Take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Golf
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow Adventure Co ©
Oxbow Adventure Co
Spas
Wanaka Golf Course ©
Wanaka Golf Course

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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): learn about winemaking at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, then sample the fine beverages at Cardrona Distillery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Glenorchy Animal Experience, then enjoy some diversion at Break One, and then tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown visit website.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, Glenorchy Animal Experience, Cardrona Distillery
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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.
Kick 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 get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

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

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 21st (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach, then look for gifts at Happy Hens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach. On the next day, hike along Sandfly Bay Track, contemplate the long history of Harrington Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Karitane Beach, and finally get great views at Signal Hill.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
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): appreciate the history behind Burt Munro Statue, then see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, and then kick back and relax at Oreti Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery, then explore by horseback at Rakiura Rides, and then get outside with Howells Point Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Invercargill trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors · Parks · 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

Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head off the coast to Ulva Island, see the interesting displays at Rakiura Museum, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Stewart Island using our trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options 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

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

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Milford

Milford ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Motuihe Island, view the masterpieces at TOI Gallery, and then trek along Rangitoto Summit Track. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Inflatable World, have some family-friendly fun at JUMP Indoor Trampoline Park, and then go for a walk through Fernglen Native Plant Gardens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Milford trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Milford. In November, daytime highs in Milford are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milford

Fun & Games · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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

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