New Zealand South Island is one of the most beautiful places in the world. My hubby and I did a 9-day road trip in late November with our two kids, my mom and my younger sis. My daughter was just 7 months old then. Despite having three generations of family members on this trip, it was not difficult at all to plan a trip suitable for all of us because New Zealand is such a great place for family vacations.
Here is our New Zealand South Island itinerary. Click on the links for more photos and details.
New Zealand South Island Itinerary
Arrive in Christchurch and check-in at Antonio Motors Lodge. Groceries shopping at Countdown supermarket. See family accommodations in Christchurch.
DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH – DUNEDIN
DAY 3: DUNEDIN
Visit Cadbury World to see how chocolates are made and go ga-ga over the variety of chocolates available for purchase. Enjoy a spectacular scenery at Larnach Castle and Gardens. See the colony of Royal Albatross at the Otago Peninsula.
DAY 4: DUNEDIN – CATLINS – TE ANAU
Take a boat cruise to see the Milford Sound Fiordland. Drive through the Hommer Tunnel and stop by Lake Manapouri before heading to Queenstown to check in at Sherwood Manor Hotel (see Accommodations in Queenstown).
DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN
Have a fun day out in Queenstown. Take the Shotover Jet for the ultimate jet boat experience. Stroll through Arrowtown and enjoy delicious scones. Visit Kawarau Bridge to watch people bungy jump. Dine and shop at Queenstown Mall.
DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN – TEKAPO
Bungy Jump…yes, I was crazy enough to do it. Picnic at the crystal clear Lake Wanaka and visit the Puzzling World. Visit 2 more stunning lakes – Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo. Check-in at Tekapo Holiday Homes. (Accommodations in Tekapo)
DAY 8: TEKAPO – CHRISTCHURCH
Visit The Tin Shed for shopping and farm animals before heading to Christchurch. Check-in at Antonio’s Motor Lodge. In the evening, get a glimpse of Maori Culture at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH – SINGAPORE
Quick tour of Christchurch on the Christchurch Tramway before heading to the airport.
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