11 days in South Island Itinerary

11 days in South Island Itinerary

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11 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, then stroll through Moraine Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach. On the next day, hike along Hooker Valley Track, then look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and then stroll through Glencoe Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 26th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, make a trip to Diminish and Ascend, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch route planning website .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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