Dayhikers' South Island Itinerary
Daywalks Trip in the South (2 weeks)
The South Island, and particularly the southern half of it, provides an almost limitless list of dayhikes for the keen walker through spectacular mountains and lakes country.
Don’t forget to visit the DoC Visitor Centres in Mt Cook, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau and on Stewart Island for track updates and weather forecasts.
Days 1-3: Christchurch to Mt Cook
The drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes around 3hrs and from there to Mt Cook, around 1.5hrs. If time permits at Lake Tekapo, either walk up Mt John or around its summit track before heading to Mt Cook Village. The Hooker Valley Track is a must here, while the Mueller Hut Hike is a big mission. Head over to the Tasman Valley for the 1hr return Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walk.
Days 4-6: Mt Cook to Wanaka