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

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): trek along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip website .

Queenstown to Te Anau is an approximately 3.5-hour bus ride. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catcht 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

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): trek along Tobins Track, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip app .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cromwell.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

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Tobins Track
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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. On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Bendigo Historic Reserve, then do a tasting at Domain Road Vineyard, and then see the interesting displays at Cromwell Museum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cromwell trip planner .

Drive from Queenstown to Cromwell in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Cromwell

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Bendigo Historic Reserve
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Bendigo Historic Reserve ©
Bendigo Historic Reserve
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.
On the 18th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, then get a taste of local nightlife at Three Creeks, then view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Good Shepherd.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cromwell to Lake Tekapo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard and then head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Wineries
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Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard

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