9 Day South Island Itinerary

Christchurch - Greymouth - Fox Glacier - Queenstown - Te Anau - Invercargill - Twizel/Omarama - Christchurch

Day 1



Begin in Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, situated on the sunny east coast of the Island, come and enjoy with 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 its beautiful gardens.

Day 2

Christchurch - Greymouth

Travel just under 4 hours from Christchurch to Greymouth via the dramatic Otira Gorge in Arthur's Pass National Park, with many places to stop near running water and accessible bush walks.

Some Greymouth Highlights:

  • Montheiths Brewery
  • Shantytown

Places to stay:

  • The Ashley Hotel


 Travel on just under 3 hours to Fox Glacier, the home of the largest and longest Glacier in New Zealand.

Day 3

Greymouth - Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier is a 3 hour drive from Greymouth and is a great base to explore the unique environment, there is an abundance of activities for all to indulge in. All in one place!

Some Fox Glacier Highlights:

  • Scenic Flights
  • Glaciers
  • Ice Climbing
  • Heli - treking
  • Native Bush Walks

 Places to Stay:

  • High Peaks Hotel


Here you will discover a wonderland of pure, natural features waiting to be explored all year long with numerous outdoor adventure activities on offer.

Day 4

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Drive through the breath taking Haast Pass from Fox Glacier and on to Wanaka, a charming lakeside township nestled in the heart of the southland lakes.

Some Queenstown Highlights:

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

 Places to stay:

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


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

Day 5 & 6

Queenstown - Te Anau

The lakeside township of Te Anau is located on the edge of Lake Te Anau, looking out to a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains.

Some Te Anau Highlights:

  • Milford and Kepler Walking Tracks
  • Gateway to Milford Sounds
  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
  • Underwater Diving
  • Boat Cruises

 Places to Stay:


  • The Village Inn Hotel
  • Anchorage Motel
  • Edgewater Motel
  • Aden Motel


As the gateway to Fiordland World Heritage National Park, Te Anau the perfect base from which to explore both the Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

Day 7

Te Anau - Invercargil

Explore the city of Invercargill and its many fine museums, art galleries and parks or take a short trip to one of the bush reserves, beaches or gardens on Invercargill's outskirts.

Some Invercargill Highlights:

  • Catlins & Stewart Islands
  • Invercargill Heritage Trail
  • Anderson Art Gallery


Places to Stay:

  • Ascot Park Hotel
  • Homestead Villa Motel
  • Kelvin Hotel 

Whether you are looking for fun and entertainment or a relaxing holiday taking in the pleasures of our friendly city, you can do it all in Invercargill.

Day 8

Invercargill - Omarama

Travel on just under 5 hours to Omarama, taking in the breath taking views in every direction of mountains and lakes on the drive through the magnificent Mackenzie Country.

Some Omarama & Twizel Highlights:

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

 Places to stay:

  • Heritage Gateway Hotel
  • Mackenzie Country Inn


Omarama and Twizel are well placed or any outdoor adventure you have in mind.

Day 9

Omarama - Christchurch

Drive on 5 hours to Christchurch.

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