11 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

11 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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11 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h
1
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Auckland

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore hidden gems such as Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Port Hills and Ashburton Aviation Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, Hinewai Reserve, & more). On the 29th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Riccarton House & Bush, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and examine the collection at Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch travel planner .

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in October since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ashburton Aviation Museum, Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, Mt Hutt Ski Area
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Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

5
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) and Vesta Design Boutique. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Mirror Lakes Walk. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Parasailing & Paragliding, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more), The Chasm Walk (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, The Chasm Walk, Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe), Ophir Post Office, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:
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Zipline
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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