8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:
2​h 30​min
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Fly:
3​h 45​min
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:
3​h
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:
3​h 15​min
Queenstown

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Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Te Anau
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River Rafting & Tubing
Milford Sound
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
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 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Puzzling World.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka trip generator.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks Shopping
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Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World
Helicopter Tours

2
days
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Velocity Karts Ltd, and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip generator.

You can fly from Wanaka to Christchurch in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Wildlife Areas
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre
Velocity Karts Ltd

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 19th (Fri), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, see the sky in a new way at Earth and Sky, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Good Shepherd.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

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Earth and Sky
Helicopter Tours
Church of the Good Shepherd

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