9 days in South Island Itinerary

9 days in South Island Itinerary

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9 days in South Island Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Melbourne

3
days
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.
Bring the kids along to Doubtful Sound and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Chasm Walk and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Milford Sound.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Te Anau is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

3
days
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Break One Clay Target Shooting and Rippon. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel planner.

Drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Rippon
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Break One Clay Target Shooting ©
Break One Clay Target Shooting
Rippon ©
Rippon
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

2
days
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 11th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Port Hills and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and then do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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