8 days in Queenstown & Wanaka Itinerary

8 days in Queenstown & Wanaka Itinerary

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8 days in Queenstown & Wanaka Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
End: Queenstown

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) and Vesta Design Boutique. Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Mt Crichton Loop Track. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room (in Cromwell), The Chasm Walk (in Te Anau) and Eade Gallery (in Clyde). There's still lots to do: hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, get your game on at Dark Ride, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, and explore the activities along Lake Gunn.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Queenstown International Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Eade Gallery, Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room, Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe)
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co., cruise along Haast Pass, and then hike along Blue Pools Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Rob Roy Track, do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, and then hike along Isthmus Peak Track.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Haast Pass
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Haast Pass ©
Haast Pass
Aitken's Folly Vineyard ©
Aitken's Folly Vineyard

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