15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 30​min
6
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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 Christchurch Cathedral as well as Christchurch Gondola. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola and then pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip app .

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Christchurch, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect nights in Christchurch to be much colder, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites Transportation
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Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Christchurch Cathedral ©
Christchurch Cathedral

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lake Tekapo day trip site .

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fairlie
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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

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 7th (Sat), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then hike along Kea Point Track.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel planner .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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.
For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka route builder tool .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Franz Josef Glacier, and then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and then trek along Moraine Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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night
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Devils Punchbowl Walking Track and then make a trip to Otira Viaduct Lookout.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Arthur's Pass National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fox Glacier to Arthur's Pass National Park. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Otira Viaduct Lookout ©
Otira Viaduct Lookout

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arthur's Pass National Park to Christchurch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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