11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cromwell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On your second day here, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker site .

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in September; daily highs in Christchurch reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village route builder .

Getting from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 4 hours. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Clay Cliff has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, and finally view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Clay Cliff.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo day trip site .

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo by car takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burkes Pass Gallery, Clay Cliff
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Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

1
night
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

1
night
Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. On the 8th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cromwell trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Cromwell. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Cromwell

Breweries & Distilleries Wineries

Side Trip

Cardrona Distillery
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Cardrona Distillery ©
Cardrona Distillery
Goldfields Mining Centre ©
Goldfields Mining Centre

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online travel route planner .

You can drive from Cromwell to Queenstown in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Spas
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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