11 days in South Island Itinerary

11 days in South Island Itinerary

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Christchurch
— Few hours
2
Greymouth
— 1 night
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
5
Glenorchy
— 1 day
6
Twizel
— 2 nights
7
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
8
Christchurch
— Few hours

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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 other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Christchurch itinerary planner.

Hong Kong, China to Christchurch is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hong Kong in February since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 13°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors · Tours · 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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Coal Creek Track.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Greymouth vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Greymouth takes 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Fox Glacier on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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): take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk, then have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, then explore the activities along Okarito Lagoon, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Fox Glacier takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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

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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, learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, then hike along Lake Hayes Walkway, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Moke Lake, then stroll through Mt Crichton Loop Track, then hike along Ben Lomond Track, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve and then trek along Mt Judah Track.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenorchy online trip itinerary 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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve ©
Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve

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Twizel

Twizel ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Totara Peak Gallery, stop by Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables, 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 traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Twizel trip itinerary maker.

You can 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 · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
Hooker Valley Track has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Hooker Valley Track, explore the galleries of Burkes Pass Gallery, and then stroll through Mount John Summit Circuit Track. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with AquaNorts, trek along Peninsula Walkway, then identify plant and animal life at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo tour planner.

You can drive from Twizel to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Burkes Pass Gallery
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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 contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Christchurch trip simple and quick.

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

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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