If you are planning to visit the South Island of New Zealand during December, you are in for a treat!

December is a wonderful time to explore this stunning region, with sunny days and the festive spirit of Christmas in the air. The South Island of New Zealand offers a diverse range of experiences, from breathtaking landscapes to thrilling adventures. Whether you’re a beach lover or an adrenaline junkie, there is something for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable holiday filled with natural beauty, cultural treasures, and festive celebrations.

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Here is a detailed 9-day itinerary for South NZ (Christchurch) suitable for families traveling from Australia during the summer season:

If you are planning to visit South NZ (Christchurch) during December and Christmas break, here is a 9-day itinerary suitable for families traveling from Australia:

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch and explore the city. Take a bus tour that goes past Cathedral Square, the Botanic Gardens, the Spanish-style buildings of New Regent Street, the Avon River, and other attractions. In the evening, enjoy an elegant dinner in a historic tram that makes the rounds of central Christchurch’s top attractions.

Unravelling fern, one of New Zealand symbols. - Photo, Image

Day 2: Take a punting tour on the Avon River, visit the International Antarctic Centre, and take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views of the city. In the evening, experience a Māori cultural performance and enjoy a traditional hangi feast.

Day 3: Pick up your rental car and drive to Timaru. Have a picnic at Caroline Bay and see the Moeraki Boulders in Oamaru.

Big stone at moeraki boulder, new zealand - Photo, Image

Day 4: Drive to Dunedin and visit the Otago Museum, the Dunedin Botanic Garden, and the Dunedin Railway Station.

Dunedin Botanic Garden, South Island, New Zealand - Photo, Image

Day 5: Drive to Te Anau and explore the Fiordland National Park. Take a boat tour of Milford Sound and see the stunning scenery.

Milford Sound, New Zealand - Photo, Image

Day 6: Drive to Queenstown and visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Skyline Luge, and the Christmas markets. Take a scenic flight over the Southern Alps for a unique view of the region.

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Day 7: Take a day trip to Wanaka and visit the Puzzling World attraction. Go for a walk along the lakefront and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Day 8: Drive to Franz Josef Glacier and take a guided tour of the glacier. Alternatively, take a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of the glacier.

Blue Ice in a Glacial Serac on the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand - Photo, Image

Day 9: Drive to Kaikoura and go whale watching. Visit the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and see the fur seals. Return to Christchurch and prepare to return for your journey back home or onward journey to the next adventure.