13 days in South Island Itinerary

13 days in South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Lake Gunn, 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

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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 · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track & Hooker Valley Track), Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours, Moraine Walk, &more). 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

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

3
nights
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 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

Side Trips

Little River Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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