7 days in South Island Itinerary

7 days in South Island Itinerary

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7 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
Dunedin
— Few hours
Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
5
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Christchurch
— 1 night
End: Christchurch

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and then engage your brain at Otago Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin online tour itinerary planner .

Christchurch to Dunedin is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Childrens Museums
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Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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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 18th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau day trip planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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 19th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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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 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier online travel route planner .

Getting from Wanaka to Fox Glacier by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Helicopter Tours

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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 22nd (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at West Coast Wilderness Trail.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Greymouth road trip planning site .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Greymouth by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

West Coast Wilderness Trail
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West Coast Wilderness Trail ©
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then get your game on at Velocity Karts, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Greymouth to Christchurch by car takes about 3.5 hours. In November in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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