"Two Summer trips to South Island, New Zealand" Top 5 Page for this destination South Island by amandajayne81
South Island Travel Guide: 6,026 reviews and 16,170 photos
My fiance and I had a lovely relaxing holiday in the South Island of New Zealand in early January. He liked the fact that it is a very short 3-4 hour flight from Australia to New Zealand. Neither of us had been to the South Island before but had been given lots of advice from many friends who had been. We were surprised at how dry everything was. We were initially expecting the bright green I remembered from 10 years ago in the North Island.
I thought I better give a quick overline of our itinerary.
1st night - Christchurch
(4 hours on the train and about 3 hours driving)
2nd and 3rd - Fox Glacier
BIG day of Driving here. Left at 8.45, had stops at Haast and Wanaka as well as quick photo ops and arrived in Queenstown at 3.30pm.
4th-7th night - Queenstown
3 hours of straight driving
8th and 9th - Dunedin
5 hours of driving but had stops at the Moeraki Boulders and Timaru
10th - 12th - Lake Tekapo
Just under 3 hours with several brief stops
Last night - Christchurch
The plan was to use up some of our air points on this trip so as to make it a relatively cheap one. We brought a couple of family members along to show off a few of the places we loved along with visiting some new destinations including, Westport on the West Coast, Te Anau, Milford Sound and Invercargill.
- Pros:Close, Easy going holiday with Stunning Scenery
- Cons:The NZ/Aus rivalry and the lack of cheap shopping!
- In a nutshell:The gorgeous scenery is worth the trip in itself
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