8 days in South Island Itinerary

8 days in South Island Itinerary

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Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Franz Josef
— 1 day

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Hanmer Forest, then take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill, and then relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, then get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, and then stop by The Decadent Fudge Company.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanmer Springs holiday website.

Cairo, Egypt to Hanmer Springs is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cairo to Hanmer Springs, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

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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, identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally stop by Kaikoura Cheese. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura trip itinerary site.

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Kaikoura

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and then hike along Terrace Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Franz Josef takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Terrace Walk ©
Terrace Walk

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