11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Fairlie
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Glenorchy
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
9
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Quake City, Christchurch Tramway and Christchurch Gondola.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip maker website .

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. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fairlie.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Museums Tours
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Quake City ©
Quake City

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hours
Fairlie

Fairlie ©
Fairlie is a Mackenzie District service town located in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gem Alpaca Stud.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fairlie trip maker site .

Getting from Christchurch to Fairlie by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Fairlie

Parks Wildlife
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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hours
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo online route planner .

Lake Tekapo is just a short distance from Fairlie. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Hooker Valley Track
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

1
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Cardrona, That Wanaka Tree and Paradiso Cinema. On the 10th (Mon), catch a movie at Paradiso Cinema.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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The Cardrona ©
The Cardrona
Paradiso Cinema ©
Paradiso Cinema
That Wanaka Tree ©
That Wanaka Tree

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Skyline Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises, and other attractions.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

few
hours
Glenorchy

Glenorchy ©
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk as well as Delta Discovery. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see Delta Discovery and then take a leisurely stroll along Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glenorchy visit website .

Drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Glenorchy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Delta Discovery ©
Delta Discovery
Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk ©
Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Te Anau Glowworm Caves as well as Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glenorchy to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dunedin travel site .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Rail Tours
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial and International Antarctic Centre. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, then make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip app .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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