Best of New Zealand's South Island

10 - 12

Discover the South Island - visit breathtaking fiords, hike through picturesque forests, enjoy fresh seafood, and lose yourselves in the vibrant energy of New Zealand.

In this trip

  • Night LifeNight Life
  • CultureCulture
  • BeachesBeaches
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Christchurch, New Zealand

  • 2

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • 3

    Invercargill, New Zealand

  • 4

    Te Anau, New Zealand

  • 5

    Queenstown, New Zealand

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Things to do in and around Christchurch

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  • Coffee Time in New Regent St
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  • Hagley Park
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Tiger
  • Photo competition
  • Canterbury Museum in Christchurch
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve 10
  • 2276 Gondola
  • Casino in Christchurch, New Zealand 2006
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand.
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Christchurch Farmers' Market
  • 185 Empty Chairs - 2 year anniversary
  • Christchurch Cathedral
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New Zealand, Canterbury region

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New Zealand's third-largest city boasts an array of architectural styles, landmarks of cultural significance, and many green areas.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 381,800 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington. The river that flows through the center of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers after the Scottish River Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfather's farm and flows into the Clyde.
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Things to do in and around Dunedin

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  • Dunedin - Tunnel Beach trek 14
  • Dunedin
  • Speight's beers
  • Vintage Model A and Model T Fords, Cadbury World, Dunedin
  • Two yellow-eyed penguins at home
  • Aramoana
  • Caladesi Beach
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  • Dunedin Chinese Garden
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  • Takahe, (Porphyrio hochstetteri)
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  • Olveston House, Dunedin
  • Baldwin Street in Dunedin
  • Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula
  • Autumn at Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, Dunedin


New Zealand, Otago region

HistoricCultureBeachesNight lifeFood2 nights

With fascinating history, superb cultural venues, and a rich architectural legacy, this lively university city will charm you.

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. While Tauranga, Napier-Hastings and Hamilton have eclipsed the city in size of population in recent years to make it only the seventh-largest urban area in New Zealand, Dunedin is still considered one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural and geographic reasons. Dunedin is a regular venue for touring ballet and dance companies, and also has multiple dance studios. Dunedin lends its name to the Dunedin Sound, a form of indie rock music which was created in the city in the 1980s.
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Things to do in and around Invercargill

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  • Southland Museum & Art Gallery
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  • Petroica australis (New Zealand Robin) - Juvenile
  • Stewart Island beach
  • Milford Sound
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New Zealand, Southland region

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This quiet southern city boasts an array of architectural styles, nice parks, and some notable restaurants.

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. It is the commercial center of the Southland region. It lies in the heart of the wide expanse of the Southland Plains on the Oreti or New River some 18 km north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in the South Island. It sits amid rich farmland that is bordered by large areas of conservation land and marine reserves, including Fiordland National Park covering the south-west corner of the South Island, and the Catlins coastal region. Many streets in the city, especially in the center and main shopping district, are named after rivers in Great Britain, mainly Scotland.
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Things to do in and around Te Anau

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  • Takahe
  • Milford Sound
  • Milford Sound, toward Mitre Peak on a fine day
  • Glow-worm cave
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Routeburn Track
  • IMG_0456 Lake Te Anau

Te Anau

New Zealand, Southland region

NatureActiveSmall towns2 nights

The best starting point for your exploration of the Fiordland National Park, this town is surrounded by marvelous natural features.

Te Anau is a town in the South Island of New Zealand. It is on the eastern shore of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and second only within New Zealand to Lake Taupo. Tourism and farming are the predominant economic activities in the area. Lying as it does at the borders of Fiordland National Park, it is the gateway to a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery. Many tourists come to Te Anau to visit the famous nearby fiords Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Visitors to the area also partake in activities such as kayaking, cycling, jet boat riding, fishing and hunting, farm tours and seaplane/helicopter sightseeing.
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Things to do in and around Queenstown

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  • Downtown Arrowtown
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  • The Queenstown Market
  • Milford Sound, toward Mitre Peak on a fine day
  • Routeburn Track
  • Pool Surface
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  • Routeburn Track
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  • Wanaka Lake


New Zealand, Otago region

NatureActiveSmall townsCultureFood2 nights

A resort town offering a plethora of thrilling activities among gorgeous landscape, as well as a fine galleries, eateries, and more.

A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012. Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown is a major center for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Cross country skiing is also available at the Waiorau Snowfarm, near Cardrona village.
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