10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
2
Hokitika
— 1 night
car:  9 h
3
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  2 h 30 min
4
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Te Anau
— 1 night
car:  4 h
6
Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Twizel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Arthur's Pass Walking Track has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): hike along Arthur's Pass Walking Track and then walk around Riccarton House & Bush.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Christchurch online trip maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in February, with highs in Christchurch at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Arthur's Pass Walking Track
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

1
night
Hokitika

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. You've now added Hokitika Gorge Walk to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Dorothy Falls, and then hike along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hokitika itinerary maker website .

Getting from Christchurch to Hokitika by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Wanaka route builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hokitika to Wanaka in 9 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 25th (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Ben Lomond Track.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

1
night
Te Anau

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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night
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, walk around Queens Park, then pause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue, and finally explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Invercargill using our trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Invercargill by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Invercargill Brewery ©
Invercargill Brewery

2
nights
Twizel

Twizel ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Lake Ruataniwha. Explore Twizel's surroundings by going to Fairlie (Burkes Pass Gallery & Gem Alpaca Stud).

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Twizel trip builder.

You can drive from Invercargill to Twizel in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fairlie, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
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Lake Ruataniwha ©
Lake Ruataniwha
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
On the 2nd (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, then kick back and relax at Corsair Bay, then have fun at Velocity Karts, and finally don't miss a visit to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Twizel to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

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