13 days in South Island Itinerary

13 days in South Island Itinerary

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Te Anau
— 2 nights
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights

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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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online sightseeing planner.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Te Anau is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Te Anau is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
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Water Body
Doubtful Sound
4.7
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Water Body
Lake Te Anau
4.6

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8
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Zipline
Zipline
4.8

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours, Moraine Walk, &more), Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track & Hooker Valley Track). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier
4.5
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6
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Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
4.9

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

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 1st (Wed): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Diminish and Ascend. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at Little River Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder website.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Christchurch in 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 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 · Museums

Side Trips

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