8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Queenstown
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Queenstown

2
days
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

1
day
Wanaka

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 14th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then get in on the family fun at Puzzling World.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka tour planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
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Puzzling World
Helicopter Tours

2
days
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wanaka to Christchurch in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ©
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

3
days
Wellington

Wellington ©
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and Wellington Zoo. Kids will enjoy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Oriental Bay. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Weta Cave, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wellington travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
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Wellington Zoo

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