3 Day South Island Itinerary

Christchurch - Omarama/Twizel - Queenstown 

 Day 1

Christchurch - Omarama/Twizel

             Kea at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch. © Tourism New Zealand

Begin in Christchurch, the South Islands largest city, situated on the sunny east coast of the Island, enjoy what the "Garden City" has to offer

Some Christchurch Highlights

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Orana Wildlife Park & Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Places to stay:

Christchurch City has a vibrant and lively arts and entertainment scene, it is also full of award-winning restaurants, cafes, fashion precincts, heritage architecture and of course it's beautiful gardens.

Continue on to the central South Island's Mt Cook region. 


Day 2

Omarama/Twizel - Queenstown

Take in the breath taking views in every direction of mountains and lakes on the drive through the magnificent Mackenzie Country

Some Omarama & Twizel Highlights

  • Horse Trekking
  • Skiing
  • Gliding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing 

Places to stay:


Omarama and Twizel are well placed or any outdoor adventure you have in mind, travel on 2.5 hours to Queenstown. 


Day 3


The alpine location of Queenstown is exciting, adventurous and fantastically scenic. It is the best place to for almost any type of outdoor pursuit.

Some Queenstown Highlights

  • Bungy Jumping
  • Kawarau & Shotover Jet Boating
  • River rafting
  • TSS Earnslaw Boat Cruises
  • Wine Trails

Places to Stay:


Experience the great food at the many cafes & restaurants or just take it easy in this wonderful relaxed atmosphere.          


Day 4

Travel back to Christchurch or continue on to Te Anau.