13 days in South Island Itinerary

13 days in South Island Itinerary

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13 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly + Bus:  21 h 15 min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

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, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Te Anau is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough 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, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker tool .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours, Moraine Walk, & more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and trek along Kea Point Track.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Diminish and Ascend. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stop by Little River Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Little River Gallery
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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