60 days in South Island Itinerary

60 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 6 nights
2
Dunedin
— 7 nights
3
Invercargill
— 5 nights
4
Te Anau
— 7 nights
5
Milford Sound
— 4 nights
6
Wanaka
— 8 nights
7
Fox Glacier
— 5 nights
8
Hokitika
— 3 nights
9
Hanmer Springs
— 3 nights
10
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
11
Christchurch
— 7 nights

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Zipline. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Bannockburn to see Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door about 56 minutes away. On the 19th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Lake Hayes Walkway, learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, explore the activities along Arrow River, and get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown online road trip planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Queenstown is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from George Town to Queenstown, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

7
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Nugget Point Lighthouse. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Otago Farmers Market and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki) and Roaring Bay (in Kaka Point). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get great views at Signal Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nugget Point Lighthouse, Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, Katiki Point Lighthouse, Roaring Bay, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 28:
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Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

5
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Get outdoors at Hump Ridge Track and Southern Scenic Route. Bill Richardson Transport World and Southland Museum and Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Waipapa Point Lighthouse (in Otara), McLean Falls (in Papatowai) and Waikawa Museum and Information Centre (in Tokanui). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, take in the exciting artwork at City Gallery, stroll through Cathedral Caves Walk, and steep yourself in history at Demolition World.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Invercargill trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Waipapa Point Lighthouse, Bluff Hill, Hump Ridge Track, McLean Falls, Cathedral Caves Walk
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Waipapa Point Lighthouse ©
Waipapa Point Lighthouse
Classic Motorcycle Mecca ©
Classic Motorcycle Mecca

7
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Step off the beaten path and head to The Chasm Walk and Mirror Lakes Walk. On the 6th (Wed), hike the day away at Kepler Track. On the 9th (Sat), hike the day away at Dusky Track. There's more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Invercargill to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory and Milford sound Hwy. Get in touch with nature at Routeburn Track and Lake Gunn. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Homer Tunnel, trek along Lake Marian Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Monkey Creek, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bowen Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound journey site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy

8
nights
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like National Transport and Toy Museum and The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Mount Aspiring National Park. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, trek along Blue Pools Track, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Milford Sound to Wanaka in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Escape the urban bustle at Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Kea Point Track. Step out of Fox Glacier with an excursion to Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, hike along Peters Pool Walk, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and stroll through Gillespies Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

3
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Get outdoors at Hokitika Beach and Devils Punchbowl Walking Track. Explore hidden gems such as Wilderness Gallery and Hokitika Museum. Step out of Hokitika with an excursion to Woods Creek Track in Greymouth--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell, admire the sheer force of Dorothy Falls, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and hike along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Greymouth, Devils Punchbowl Walking Track
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Conical Hill and Hanmer Springs Animal Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waiau River Estate and Majuba Gallery. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Hanmer Forest, look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hokitika to Hanmer Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Spas

3
nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Get outdoors at Peninsula Seal Colony and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kaikoura Museum and Fyffe House. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Port Hills and Canterbury Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Akaroa Museum and International Antarctic Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Pot Pourri, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 7th (Sat), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 8th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch journey tool.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Akaroa, Mt Hutt Ski Area
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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