South Island
Destinations Destinations
Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Trekking, Cities, Hiking, Water Sports, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level

Take in the amazing cities and scenery of New Zealand’s South Island with a seven-day trip, starting in beautiful Christchurch on the east coast. From this starting point, venture inland to Lake Tekapo’s turquoise waters, the ideal spot to relax during the day before stargazing at night. Continue down the length of the island to Lake Wanaka, where you can try a range of outdoor activities with snowcapped mountains as your backdrop, before heading to the hiking trails of Glenorchy, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Finish your trip at the stunning city of Queenstown, on the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu, and enjoy some of the myriad adventure sports available.

Trip highlights

South Island Route Map
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