27 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

27 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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27 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Queenstown
— 13 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Perth

13
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Port Hills. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cardboard Cathedral and Ferrymead Heritage Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Akaroa Lighthouse, The Giant's House, & more), Ashburton Aviation Museum (in Ashburton) and Straight 8 Estate (in Southbridge). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Crater Rim Walkway, contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, and explore and take pictures at Mona Vale.

To find out how to plan a trip to Christchurch, use our trip itinerary maker.

Perth, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Perth in September; daily highs in Christchurch reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akaroa, Straight 8 Estate, Ashburton Aviation Museum, Lyttelton Farmers Market, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 30:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

13
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.
St Peter's Anglican Church and Queenstown Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Coronet Peak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Te Anau (Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lake Te Anau, & more), Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Helicopter Tours, & more) and Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Little Paradise Dream Garden, Cardrona Alpine Resort
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 13:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Zipline

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