Here is another example of South Island tours, lasting 17 days.

South Island (17 days)itinerary map of south island tour in nz

Day 1 arrive in Christchurch, in the afternoon and meet at the Airport.
Orientation tour and transfer to hotel

Day 2-4 drive from CHC to Mt Cook, 330 km 4.45 h. visit Lake Tekapo, etc on the way, stay in Mt cook.
Stop at beautiful Tekapo Lake and visit the church of the Good Shepherd and the bronze statue of the collie sheepdog nearby.
Continue to Mt. Cook/Aoraki the highest mountain in New Zealand with an elevation of 3754 m. Aoraki National Park is one of the Unesco World Heritage sites and is rough land of ice and rock with 19 peaks over 3000 m of elevation. Aoraki means cloud piercer in Maori. You would probably want to walk on a silver beech forest for 1 hr after your car travel. Governor’s bush track starts at the public shelter. A pleasant bush walk joining the Bowen bush walk to form a nature trail in the park. Here you have great view of the mountains and see birdlife. There are several other walking trails in the area. You can find morehere and choose the ones you like.

Day 4-6 drive from Mt cook to Dunedin, 319 km. 4:35 h. visit Oamaru on the way, stay in Dunedin for the night.
In Oamaru you must visit the Victorian Precinct. Continue to Moeraki boulders interesting spherical rock boulders formed about 60 million years ago. They are on the beach some 40 kms from Oamaru on your way to Dunedin. Proceed to Dunedin about 75 km from here.

In Dunedin you might want to visit Otago Peninsula, Larnach castle offering stunning views of Otago peninsula. In Dunedin you may want to visit the town centre the Octagon and some Victorian style churches around. Otago Settlers museum nearby tells us the story of the Scottish settlers. Otago museum is also closeby. It is one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest museums covering the teams of science, culture and nature.

Day 6-8 drive from Dunedin to Te Anau, visit some spots on the way, stay in Te Anau.

From Te Anau to visit Milford Sound, still stay in Te Anau.
Mitre peak at Milford sound is a mountain rising from the sea like a pyramid.

Day 8-11 drive from Te Anau to Queenstown, stay in Queenstown.

Queenstown is just a charming town located by the Wakatipu lake. You may want to stroll around the town. Sit by the beach or at cafes around. You may like to visit the old harbour, take an old fashion cruise ship and have a great nostalgic cruise on board. You may like to take the gondola and climb over the hills to see a panoramic view of the town and have lunch. Take the luge. Down below where you take the Gondola there is an old cemetery and a kiwi house where you can see kiwi birds which are almost extinct now. There is a pleasant night life in town, bars, discos, bistros. All kinds of adrenalin sports can be tried here. The first modern form of bungy jumping was started nearby about half an hour drive from Queenstown. You can watch people jumping and try it yourself if you like. It is quite exciting.

Day 12-13 drive from Queenstown to Wanaka, stay in Wanaka
Wanaka lake is a paradise on earth. Take a gentle stroll by the banks of this beautiful lake or trek high up alpine mountains around.

Day 13-15 drive from Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier, stay the night in Franz Josef.

Franz Joseph glacier is a gem of New Zealand’s West coast glaciers. You may get involved into several activities in the area. Including a range of glacier hikings, scenic flights, relaxation at hot spas…

Drive from Franz Josef Glacier to Punakaiki, stay in Greymouth.
Today we will be driving from Franz Joseph to Greymouth along the Tasman Sea. At Hokitika we may want to take a look at Mountain Jade and see traditional New Zealand jade products.

Day 16, drive from Greymouth to CHC, 255 km. 4 h 10 min. stay in Christchurch.

Our visits in Christchurch may include;

1. Cathedral Square – city centre,
2. Christchurch Botanic Gardens,
3. Hagley Park
4. Canterbury Museum

Day 17, spend the day in CHC, catch the flight back in the afternoon.

You might like to stroll in town visit Remembrance bridge and punt on Avon River
Then drive to the Airport and visit Antartic centre before you get back to the airport to catch your flight back.