The South Island is absolutely stunning and it’s hard to know how to fit it all in! Never fear, here is a two-week itinerary that highlights the best of the South Island!
This itinerary intends for you to fly into Nelson and out of Christchurch. You will rent a car for two weeks (rental companies will allow you to pick up and drop off cars in different cities for no extra charge) and stay overnight in Nelson, Hokitika, Fox Glacier, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, Dunedin, Tekapo, and Christchurch.
Center of New Zealand Walk, Visit Queen’s Botanical Gardens, view Christ Church Hilltop Cathedral, Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Drive up to Golden Bay
Drive: Nelson to Hokitika
Time: 4 hours
Visit the Hokitika Gorge, Check out the Glow Worm Dell at night, Walk around the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
Drive: Hokitika to Fox Glacier
Time: 2:15 hours
Hike both the Fox and Franz Josef Glacial Walks, Visit Lake Matheson (The Mirror Lake!)
Drive: Fox Glacier to Wanaka
Time: 3:30 hours
Swim or layak Lake Wanaka, Jumping into the Blue Pools, visit Puzzling World, Check out Rob Roy Glacier, Hike up Roy’s Peak at sunrise, see a film at Cinema Paradiso, photograph Wanaka’s famous underwater tree
Drive: Wanaka to Queenstown
Time: 1 hour
Hike the Queenstown Hill Time Walk, Relax in Queenstown Garden, Explore your adventure sports options (bungee, skydive, canyoning, etc.)
Drive: Queenstown to TeAnau
Time: 2 hours
Check out the Te Anau bird sanctuary, Hike to the Key Alpine Summit of the Routeburn Track, View the Mirror Lakes, Take a cruise in Milford Sound, Hike the Gertrude Saddle Track, Tour a Glow Worm Dell
Drive: Te Anau to Dunedin
Time: 3:25 hours
Photograph Nugget Point Light House, Take the Tunnel Beach Track, Visit Baldwin Street
Drive: Dunedin to Tekapo
Time: 3:30 hours
Hop on the Moeraki Boulders, Hike the Hooker Valley Track, Star Gaze at Mt John University Observatory, Relax at Lake Pukaki
Drive: Tekapo to Christchurch
Time: 4 hours
Take the Bridle Path Walk, Ride the Gondola, Go to the Farmer’s Market, Hang out in the Botanic Gardens, Visit the Brockworth Street Art Gallery
I’ve left this last day free because the South Island of New Zealand is incredible...chances are you’ll find one little town on your travels that captures your heart and steals away your soul. With this flexible itinerary, you can indulge yourself and stay an extra night wherever you chose!
Have a killer holiday in the South Island!
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Sea-Kayaking Pohatu Marine Reserve Safari
Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!
The Rotorua District is home to 18 stunning lakes, amazing natural landscapes and lush native bush. Our Tarawera and Lakes Eco-Tour will take you from the centre of town into a culturally, ecologically and historically significant area.
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Jun 11, 2019 at 03:14
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