47 days in South Island Itinerary

47 days in South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Island trip itinerary 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
Drive
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
Drive
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Alexandra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 4 nights
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Invercargill
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 7 nights
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Wanaka
— 5 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: Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery and Deli, admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch driving holiday site.

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 slightly colder in Christchurch: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Step out of Blenheim to go to Picton and see Queen Charlotte Track, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wither Hills Mountainbike Park, and admire the natural beauty at Upton Oaks Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hokitika.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Brunner Mine Site Walk, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at West Coast Wilderness Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, appreciate the history behind Pioneers of the Frontier Statue, then make a trip to Glow Worm Dell, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Kaniere.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hokitika tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Hokitika takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Hokitika to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to 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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Old Fashioned Costume Photography (in Arrowtown) and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive 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. On the 10th (Wed), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Goldfields Mining Centre, then do a tasting at Weaver Estate Wines, then grab your bike and head to 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, then do a tasting at Te Kano Estate, then hike along Roxburgh Gorge Trail, and finally do a tasting at Judge Rock Winery.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandra trip planning app.

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

Dunedin — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach, Steampunk HQ, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre, admire the natural beauty at Glenfalloch Gardens Cafe and Restaurant, step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin day trip app.

You can drive from Alexandra to Dunedin in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.
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Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

Invercargill — 3 nights

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Step out of Invercargill to go to Otara and see Waipapa Point Lighthouse, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Southern Scenic Route. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Dig This Invercargill, delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery, examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, and explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

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 20th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 22nd (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, grab your bike and head to Lake 2 Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and hike along Kepler Track.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 25:

Wanaka — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monro Beach (in Lake Moeraki) and Helicopter Tours (in Haast). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Mount Aspiring National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, hike along Roys Peak Track, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and fly down the slopes at Wanaka.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online vacation builder.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 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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