Best 7 day itinerary to experience the best of the South Island

7 days is not a long time to travel the South Island, with this itinerary you will get to experience the highlights and explore the best it has to offer.

DAY 1: CHRISTCHURCH – FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

We recommend starting your adventure in Christchurch heading for the dizzying heights of Arthur’s Pass experiencing the stunning snow-capped Southern Alps and stopping off at the beautiful Hokitika and explore the world famous Hokitika Gorge. You can then spend time cruising over the spectacular scenery and arriving at Franz Josef – the gateway to Glacier country.


DAY 2: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

When in Franz Josef you really need to explore the Glaciers. Franz Josef and Fox glaciers is where you can hike, helicopter, or both, these stunning formations made over thousands of years, or as Maori legend has it, from a lost lover’s tears, will have you weeping with joy. The hue, changes from turquoise to deepest blue as you hover above, or hike across them. That evening, why not chill and enjoy a well deserved drink, reminiscing on your day.


DAY 3: FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN

Upon leaving Franz Josef prepare to be dazzled on one of most spectacular natural drives in the world. Travelling along mile after mile of rugged coastline, we highly recommend spending time through the Haast Pass where ancient rainforests, icy blue glaciers and booming waterfalls collide to create a stunning kaleidoscope of natural scenery. Before You know it you will have arrived in beautiful Queenstown – the adrenaline capital of New Zealand.

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN FREE DAY

Your itinerary would not be complete without a free day in Queenstown where action awaits. Go off-piste and make up your own itinerary. Choose from adrenaline pumping activities like bungee jumping, canyon swings or quad biking. Maybe hit the trails for a mountain hike, or cruise around the fiord at UNESCO-listed Milford Sound. Here, mountains rise, dolphins leap, whales blow and water tumbles. After all that, kick back with a beer, drop into a party or devour New Zealand’s most famous burger – the Fergburger.


DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA

Today we recommend taking things down a gear, visiting historic Arrowtown en-route to the laid-back lakeside vibes of Wanaka. Why not have a go at water-skiing, kayaking or wakeboarding. Land lovers can hike it, or bike it, on one of many waterside trails. On your way back to Queenstown , stop in at Cardona, where you can sink a beer at one of New Zealand’s oldest pubs before chilling or hitting the nightlife in Queenstown.

DAY 6: LAKE TEKAPO

We recommend your next stop at the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. Its legendary colour comes from glaciers depositing minerals over thousands of years. Splash about in the flower flanked water and as the sun sets, the view gets even better. Spend the rest of the day at the beautiful Tekapo springs or hire a bike and go on an adventure. Lake Tekapo has been declared a Star Reserve, so as night falls celebrate your last night toasting to the skies.


DAY 7 LAKE TEKAPO – CHRISTCHURCH

On your last day, it will take you back to where we began, Christchurch. The South Island’s biggest city is a vibrant, creative centre badly damaged back in 2011’s earthquake, but through Kiwi spirit it has been rebuilt to its former glories. Why don’t you check out the cool pop-up cafés and grab a souvenir from one of the quirky shops. From here your 7 day itinerary exploring the South island is complete – with many awesome photos and memories.


Following this itinerary you will get to explore the main highlights of the South Island plus many more awesome points of interests. Here at Wild Kiwi we specialise in this itinerary.

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