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New Zealand South Island

36 places ยท 8 days
Hans Bui ๐ŸŒ ยทlast year
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We spent a week touring and exploring the South Island of New Zealand in April 2019.

If you are looking for an itinerary that is a mix of relaxation and outdoor activities, I hope this can be a great template for your trip...

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Flight to Christchurch from Sydney

4hr flight direct from Sydney.

We chose to flight with Qantas / Emirates because it lands at 12:30pm which left us enough time to explore around the city after 2pm hotel check in

Christchurch International Airport

30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchur...
4.0 rating

Pickup rental car at Ezi Car Rental

Petrol price in NZ South Island is quite expensive.

I do recommend you opt in for petrol price lockin option if car rental office do offer it to you

Christchurch International Airport

30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchur...
4.0 rating

Dessert time

Strawberry Fare

15 Bealey Ave, Merivale, Christchurch 8013, N...
4.4 rating

Waiting for the sunset

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

City Centre Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Centr...
4.7 rating

Star watching tour

If you are into astrophotography or simply love gazing the starry sky, this tour is for you

Christchurch Astro Tours

11 Leeston Rd, Springston 7616, New Zealand
5.0 rating

Early Drive to Christchurch

Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand

Quick photo stop

809 Rangitata-Orari Bridge Hwy

809 Rangitata-Orari Bridge Hwy, Rangitata 799...

Lake Tekapo in the morning

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
4.7 rating

Local Fruit stall

Jones Family Fruit Stall

489 State Highway 6, Kawarau Gorge Road, Crom...
4.2 rating

A panoramic view of Queenstown

Enjoy the view of Queenstown from the look out. There are food options from the food court or you can visit the buffet

Skyline Gondola Base

53 Brecon St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
4.4 rating

A bath with a view

A tranquil view of the valley. Recommend the night session if you enjoy star gazing

Onsen Hot Pools

160 Arthurs Point Rd, Arthurs Point 9371, New...
4.7 rating

Road trip to Glenorchy

The road to Glenorchy is considered by some to be New Zealandโ€™s most beautiful road.

Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand.

Glenorchy

Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand

Visiting historic Arrowtown

Arrowtown is charming and quirky โ€“ a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.

Stunning in Autumn

Arrowtown

Arrowtown, New Zealand

Dinner and craft beer

If you like good craft beer options to down with your food, check out this great place

The Fork And Tap

51 Buckingham St, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
4.6 rating

Depart for Milford Sound

This is definitely my longest drive in Nee Zealand, 11hr back and forth. But the view is so worth it.

By renting a car and drive yourself, there are plenty of great stops to refresh and, of course, photo opportunity

Quick stop at Eglinton Valley

Definitely a very great stop. If you travel to Milford Sound on a bus tour, they will stop here as well.

We stop one more time on the way back from Milford Sound and the valley was covered in fogs, which created a whole new vibe

Eglinton Valley

6202/6244 Te Anau-Milford Hwy, Fiordland Nati...
4.5 rating

Continue the journey to Milford Sound

Milford Sound Cruise

Great way to discover the eighth wonder of the world.

Most cruise will serve you hot drinks and foods are available for purchase. Alternatively you opt in for packages with buffet lunch.

For our journey with chose to cruise with Real Journeys on their Milford Sound Nature Cruises option, which will give you longer journey and less tourists.

IMO, early morning cruise during Winter is the best.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound, New Zealand
4.8 rating

1855 lookout

1855 lookout

1855 New Zealand State Highway 94, Fiordland ...
4.6 rating

Late-night food

Tucked away modern Japanese food bar

Tanoshi

Skyline Arcade, Mall St, Queenstown 9300, New...
4.5 rating

One of the world best burgers (IMO)

Meat lovers or vegan, there always going to be a burger for you.

The line are always long so make sure you either come early or expect an hour wait

Fergburger

42 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
4.6 rating

To Wanaka

Approx 2hr drive through fantastic landscape

Blue Pool

Yes, it is really Blue!

Blue Pools Walk INCLUDING DEVEL'S BATH

Haast Pass-Makarora Rd, Mt Aspiring National ...
4.6 rating

That Wanaka Tree

If you are a photographer or need something for your IG feed, this should be in your must-do list.

Make sure you come early as the place is very popular. I recommend working with a telephoto lens and waterproof tripod

#ThatWanakaTree

59 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Wanaka 9305, New...
4.5 rating

Charging up for tomorrow hike

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Lake Bar

155 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
4.3 rating

Roys Peak hike

If you are fit, this is one of the biggest must do when you are in New Zealand.

Quite a hike, medium / hard grade so be well prepared for the journey. 6hr+ round trip.

Also if you want to see sunrise on Roys Peak, you should start at around 3-4am depends on the seasons. Check official website to learn about closures due to weather and lambing season

Roys Peak

Roys Peak, Otago 9381, New Zealand
4.7 rating

Recharge after that hike

Cozy and nice foods

The Cow Pizza & Spaghetti House

33 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
4.4 rating

Breakfast at Kai Whakapai

This place is so vibrant at night! We went passed this place the night before and decide to visit for breakfast.

Great view of the Wanaka lake

Kai Whakapai

121 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
4.5 rating

Wanaka to Mount Cook

Approximately 2:30hr drive along Highway 8

Tracking one of NZ best tracks

Enjoy the amazing landscapes of the Southern Alps, wind up the Hooker Valley past alpine streams and glaciers in the shadow of Aoraki.

Enjoy the views of Mueller Glacier, Hooker Lake and Mount Cook.

3hr on an easy return trip.

Hooker Valley track

Hooker Valley Track, Mt Cook National Park 79...
4.7 rating

Ramen for dinner

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Ramen Tekapo

120 main road, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
4.1 rating

Stay the night at Fairlie

Due to high season we couldnโ€™t book any accommodation in Tekapo. However we managed to find a very cool Airbnb near Fairlie, which was very clean and comfortable

Fairlie

Fairlie 7987, New Zealand

Trying one of New Zealand best pies

It was packed at 9am! Everyone wants a piece of the pies ๐Ÿฅง

Phot credits: Fairlie Bakehouse

Fairlie Bakehouse

7925, 74 Main St, Fairlie 7925, New Zealand
4.6 rating

Driving back to Christchurch

Seeing the arts on displays

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Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Montreal St, Christchurch Central City, Chris...
4.5 rating

Flight back to Sydney

See you again soon, New Zealand

Christchurch International Airport

30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchur...
4.0 rating
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