16 days in South Island Itinerary

16 days in South Island Itinerary

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16 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Dunedin
— 2 nights
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, and appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Christchurch, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Lake Tekapo), Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours, Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, & more) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). It doesn't end there: hike along Hooker Valley Track and head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Lake Tekapo, Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and finally step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Royal Albatross Centre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Dunedin takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Nature
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

3
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.
On the 17th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along The Chasm Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau road trip app .

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
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, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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