9 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

9 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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9 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Waiheke Island and then let the kids burn off some steam at Takapuna Beach Playground.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Takapuna Beach Playground
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Foxes Island ©
Foxes Island
Takapuna Beach Playground ©
Takapuna Beach Playground

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in April since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 8°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Sat), 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
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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