3 Day South Island Itinerary

Christchurch - Omarama/Twizel - Queenstown 

 Day 1

Christchurch - Omarama/Twizel


Begin in Christchurch, the South Islands largest city, situated on the sunny east coast of the Island, enjoy what the "Garden City" has to offer

Some Christchurch Highlights

  • Christchurch Cathedral Square
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Orana Wildlife Park & Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Places to stay:

  • The Ashley Hotel
  • Christchurch City Park Motel
  • Christchurch Motel

Christchurch City has a vibrant and lively arts and entertainment scene, it is also full of award-winning restaurants, cafes, fashion precincts, heritage architecture and of course it's beautiful gardens.

Continue on to the central South Island's Mt Cook region. 

Day 2

Omarama/Twizel - Queenstown

Take in the breath taking views in every direction of mountains and lakes on the drive through the magnificent Mackenzie Country

Some Omarama & Twizel Highlights

  • Horse Trekking
  • Skiing
  • Gliding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing 

Places to stay:

  • Heritage Gateway Hotel
  • Mackenzie Country Inn 


Omarama and Twizel are well placed or any outdoor adventure you have in mind, travel on 2.5 hours to Queenstown. 

Day 3


The alpine location of Queenstown is exciting, adventurous and fantastically scenic. It is the best place to for almost any type of outdoor pursuit.

Some Queenstown Highlights

  • Bungy Jumping
  • Kawarau & Shotover Jet Boating
  • River rafting
  • TSS Earnslaw Boat Cruises
  • Wine Trails

Places to Stay:

  • Garden Court Suites & Apartments
  • Goldridge Hotel
  • Tanoa Aspen Hotel Queenstown


Experience the great food at the many cafes & restaurants or just take it easy in this wonderful relaxed atmosphere.          

Day 4

Travel back to Christchurch or continue on to Te Anau.

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