8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

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8 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
2
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

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day
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch travel route planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Christchurch is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Christchurch at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip maker .

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
On the 16th (Tue), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Hooker Valley Track, and then stroll through Glencoe Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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night
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 (Wed), trek along Lake Gunn, then hike along The Chasm Walk, and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Te Anau travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
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.
On the 19th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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