What to do for a week on the south island?

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1. Posted by traveler11 (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'll be flying into Christchurch at the very beginning of July and I will have about a week before I have to move on to the US. What should I not miss? It will be the winter but I know there's still lots to do.

2. Posted by pipe913 (Full Member 21 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

go down to queenstown or wanaka and get a few turns in on the ski fields,
its stunning in winter

3. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i hear that the transalpine train journey from i think it is greymouth (west coast) to christchurch is spectacular, and a great way to see the landscape and beauty of new zealand. not sure of the prices though

have a great time

4. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

From Christchurch head North to Kaikoura to check out the whales and Dolphins. The whales here don't migrate so you are pretty much guaranteed an awesome experience. Do this as a day trip. Next day get on a bus or the train [tranzalpine] and head across to the West Coast then down to Franz Josef glacier. Join a guided tour and do the glacier hike. If you have the time and money take a helicopter ride to the top of the glacier. Continue South then South-West to Wanaka - Queenstown and then back to Christchurch.

You haven't much time so you might want to rent a car or do some planning with Intercity coachlines or Stray Travel. Seeing whales and walking on glacier all in a week would have to be a good week.

Happy Travels

5. Posted by Linesy (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Ok - Firstly a week does no justice to the South Island, so you really need to plan carefully as to make the most of your journey, what interests you? - The South Island can cater for all types of travel - Especially so if your one with the enviroment - There is an abundance of Stunning scenery and wildlife and if if your keen to push the envelope a bit you can do this whilst competing in one of plenty adrenalin Adventure Activities.

Suggest Itin would be - As Suggested with Kaikora with some Whale watching / dolphins etc I would then continue up to Blenhiem to indulge in a few of the countries top producing Wines - Plenty of Wine tours available.
Also continue to Nelson an into the Able Tasman they have some great Kayak trips - Travel down the West Coast as in Winter its Wet but one of the Manificent characters which makes up this awesome coast line. Plenty of stops on the way Greymouth / Shanty town / Frans Joesph and Fox Glacier. Heading all the way down through to Te Anau - Make sure you go through to Milford and do one of the small cruises.
As you are pushed for time I would then head through to Central Otago or more so Wanaka and Queenstown. Here there is activities aplenty even for the tame hearted. I guess this is also dependent on how you intend to travel for this period. If its only for a week rental car is probably the best so you can go at your on pace. If you do have time the Tranz Alpine is an awesome trip especially in winter do to exceptional scenery.

6. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

When does the Skiing season in New Zealand end?

I've never skiied before but wouldn't mind giving it a try.

7. Posted by swiss33 (Inactive 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

New Zealand ski season typically runs trhough late August and into September.
There are plenty of good places to learn on both the North and South Islands.

8. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi . .train journey between Christchurch and Greymouth is spectactular but unfortunately you do not have many photo opportunities . .the train goes fast and it is challenging taking shots (as well as cold!!) from the the open air carriage . .

Wanaka is a must do, it is simply stunning and if you enjoy skiing you will have so much fun. If you do stay in Wanaka, make sure you go to their cinema . . .there is nothing quite like it anywehere else!