12 days in Te Anau & Christchurch Itinerary

12 days in Te Anau & Christchurch Itinerary

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12 days in Te Anau & Christchurch Itinerary

Christchurch
Fly + bus:  6​h
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
Christchurch
— 9 nights
Christchurch

2
days
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.
On the 5th (Mon), stroll through The Chasm Walk and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Christchurch to Te Anau is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

10
days
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Kids will enjoy Christchurch Botanic Gardens and International Antarctic Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Balloon Rides (in Darfield) and Akaroa (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more). On the 10th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery, get to know the fascinating history of Port Hills, and look for all kinds of wild species at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre
Canterbury Museum

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