11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Arthur's Pass National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

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day
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Diminish and Ascend, and then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Mount John University Observatory, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

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You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

4
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 the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire all the interesting features of Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation builder .

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

1
night
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 10th (Mon): stroll through The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): hit the slopes at Wanaka, then get your game on at Puzzling World, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka day trip app .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

1
night
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 12th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Fox Glacier.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

few
hours
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): hike along Devils Punchbowl Walking Track and then make a trip to Otira Viaduct Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arthur's Pass National Park day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass National Park. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Otira Viaduct Lookout ©
Otira Viaduct Lookout

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