5 days in Fiordland National Park, Otago Region & Lake Tekapo Itinerary

5 days in Fiordland National Park, Otago Region & Lake Tekapo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Queenstown
car:  3 h 30 min
1
Te Anau
— 1 night
car:  3 h 30 min
2
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Cromwell
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
car:  4 h
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  2 h 30 min
End: Queenstown

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Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau route app.

Queenstown to Te Anau is an approximately 3.5- hour bus ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 16th (Mon), trek along Tobins Track, then grab your bike and head to Queenstown Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Cromwell.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

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Tobins Track
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Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Spas

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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bendigo Historic Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Domain Road Vineyard, and then see the interesting displays at Cromwell Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cromwell trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Queenstown to Cromwell by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Cromwell

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

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Bendigo Historic Reserve
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Domain Road Vineyard ©
Domain Road Vineyard

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Gem Alpaca Stud, browse for treasures at Three Creeks, then explore the galleries of Burkes Pass Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo holiday maker.

Getting from Cromwell to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Shopping Nightlife Wildlife

Side Trips

Fairlie, Three Creeks
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Three Creeks ©
Three Creeks

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard and then head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka day trip planner.

Take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Wineries
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Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard

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