47 days in South Island Itinerary

47 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island tour planner
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
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Hokitika
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
Drive
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Alexandra
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 5 nights
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Invercargill
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Christchurch — 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa), Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine) and Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove (in Waipara). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu).

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch online trip itinerary builder.

Jerusalem, Israel to Christchurch is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Christchurch. Traveling from Jerusalem in April, things will get a bit cooler in Christchurch: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.
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Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

Kaikoura — 2 nights

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Blenheim.
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Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Blenheim — 3 nights

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
When in Blenheim, make a side trip to see Queen Charlotte Track in Picton, approximately Picton away. There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Upton Oaks Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Blenheim day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Hokitika.
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Hokitika — 2 nights

Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Brunner Mine Site Walk, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at West Coast Wilderness Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Wilderness Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Pioneers of the Frontier Statue, make a trip to Glow Worm Dell, look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Lake Kaniere, and finally make a trip to Hokitika Town Clock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hokitika day trip site.

Fly from Blenheim to Hokitika in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hokitika to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.
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Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

Queenstown — 7 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Old Fashioned Costume Photography in Arrowtown, approximately Arrowtown away. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Alexandra.
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Find places to stay May 2 — 9:

Alexandra — 2 nights

Alexandra is a town in the Central Otago district of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): go deep underground at Goldfields Mining Centre, do a tasting at Weaver Estate Wines, then hike along Otago Central Rail Trail, and finally take in the views from Daniel O'Connell Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): join the crowd at Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, do a tasting at Te Kano Estate, then stroll through Roxburgh Gorge Trail, and finally learn about winemaking at Judge Rock Winery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Alexandra holiday planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Alexandra in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dunedin.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Dunedin — 5 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Huriawa Pa Walk (in Waikouaiti) and Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach & Steampunk HQ). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach, explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alexandra to Dunedin in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 16:

Invercargill — 3 nights

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Take a break from Invercargill with a short trip to Waipapa Point Lighthouse in Otara, about 1 hour away. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Southern Scenic Route. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Dig This Invercargill, explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery, examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, and take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian.

Plan my day in Invercargill using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Te Anau — 7 nights

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Kepler Track, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau journey maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 26:

Wanaka — 4 nights

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wanaka road trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

South Island travel guide

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Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.
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