11 days in South Island Itinerary

11 days in South Island Itinerary

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11 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Glenorchy
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  12​h
End: Hong Kong

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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.
For where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Christchurch travel route planner.

Hong Kong, China to Christchurch is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Hong Kong in February, with lows around 13°C. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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. On the 15th (Sat), trek along Coal Creek Track.

Plan a trip to Greymouth easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Greymouth takes 3.5 hours. You will leave for Fox Glacier on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Coal Creek Track
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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 17th (Mon): go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk, have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, then explore the activities along Okarito Lagoon, and finally view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Greymouth to Fox Glacier in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Okarito Lagoon
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Callery Gorge Walk ©
Callery Gorge Walk
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Okarito Lagoon ©
Okarito Lagoon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): hike along Tobins Track, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, then do a tasting at Mt Rosa Wines, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake Hayes Walkway, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, explore the activities along Moke Lake, then hike along Mt Crichton Loop Track, then trek along Ben Lomond Track, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown visit planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Mt Rosa Wines ©
Mt Rosa Wines

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Glenorchy

Glenorchy ©
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve and then trek along Mt Judah Track.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Glenorchy trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Glenorchy by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Glenorchy

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve ©
Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve

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Twizel

Twizel ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Totara Peak Gallery, look for gifts at Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables, then explore the activities along Lake Ohau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaki Visitor Hide, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at New Zealand Alpine Lavender.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Twizel itinerary planner.

Drive from Glenorchy to Twizel in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Omarama
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Lake Ohau ©
Lake Ohau
Totara Peak Gallery ©
Totara Peak Gallery
Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables ©
Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
You've now added Hooker Valley Track to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Hooker Valley Track, then take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery, and then hike along Mount John Summit Circuit Track. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with AquaNorts, then hike along Peninsula Walkway, then identify plant and animal life at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Twizel to Lake Tekapo takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Burkes Pass Gallery, Hooker Valley Track
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Off-Road Tours
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
On the 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Corsair Bay and then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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