12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Greymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hollyford Track and The Chasm Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (in Te Anau). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Te Anau, Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

2
nights
Dunedin

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, get great views at Signal Hill, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Chinese Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Parks Wildlife
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Walking tours
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill

2
nights
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 25th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at West Coast Wilderness Trail and then get outside with Glow Worm Dell. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Brunner Mine Site Walk, view the masterpieces at Bonz 'N Stonz, get engrossed in the history at Hokitika Museum, then explore the galleries of Wilderness Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Greymouth trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Dunedin to Greymouth with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hokitika
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 27th (Mon), make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Riccarton House & Bush, then explore the activities along Avon River, and finally don't miss a visit to New Regent Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch itinerary builder app .

Drive from Greymouth to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Adventure Tours
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Avon River ©
Avon River

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