60 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

60 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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60 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 56 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Wellington

56
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Port Hills and Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. Appreciate the collections at Geraldine Observatory and Canterbury Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Straight 8 Estate (in Southbridge), Ashburton (Ashburton Aviation Museum, Ashburton Museum, & more) and Lone Goat Winery (in Rolleston). On the 11th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. On the 19th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at High Peak Heliski. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, look for all kinds of wild species at Hinewai Reserve, and examine the collection at Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch journey site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. June in Christchurch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Akaroa, Geraldine, Waipara, Ashburton, Cheviot
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Mt Hutt Ski Area ©
Mt Hutt Ski Area
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, then learn about winemaking at Brennan Wines, then learn about winemaking at Wooing Tree Vineyard, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Tobins Track, learn about winemaking at Amisfield Winery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wooing Tree Vineyard, Tobins Track
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Spas
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Wooing Tree Vineyard ©
Wooing Tree Vineyard

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