8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

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8 days in South Island Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly + bus:  30​h
1
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Franz Josef
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Cairo

1
night
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
On the 17th (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Hanmer Forest, then take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill, and then take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, then head outdoors with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, and then look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hanmer Springs driving holiday planning site .

Cairo, Egypt to Hanmer Springs is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

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Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 19th (Fri), Head underground at Maori Leap Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kaikoura tour planner .

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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day
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, then go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Terrace Walk.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kaikoura to Franz Josef by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Franz Josef

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Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

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