11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
5
Cromwell
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights

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nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and then pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture.

Make your Christchurch itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Christchurch to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village road trip planning app.

You can drive from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Clay Cliff. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at 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 don't miss a visit to 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 where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lake Tekapo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch 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 traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus 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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): do a tasting at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cromwell trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Cromwell by bus takes about 2 hours. 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
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door ©
Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door

3
nights
Queenstown

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and don't miss a visit to William Gilbert Rees Statue.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Cromwell to Queenstown in an hour. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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