8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Auckland
Fly:  4​h
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Hokitika
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  4​h 15​min
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Auckland

1
day
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown travel itinerary creator.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 4-hour flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

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River Rafting & Tubing
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): laugh and play at Puzzling World, fly down the slopes at Wanaka, and then do a tasting at Rippon.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka trip builder.

You can drive from Queenstown to Wanaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

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Wanaka
Lake Wanaka
Rippon

1
day
Fox Glacier

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier itinerary builder.

You can drive from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Nature

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Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
West Coast Wildlife Centre

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Hokitika

Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Wilderness Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hokitika holiday planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Hokitika in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hokitika

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Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach
Wilderness Gallery

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Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate the long history of The Giants House.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaroa holiday planner.

Getting from Hokitika to Akaroa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

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Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Giants House

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day
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 7th (Tue), examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, identify plant and animal life at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and then do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Christchurch itinerary builder.

Getting from Akaroa to Christchurch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Christchurch sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Pegasus Bay Winery

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