10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Greymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Perth

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then do a tasting at Marlborough Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Quake City, don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, and then take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch travel planner.

Perth, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Christchurch, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Christchurch reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

2
nights
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 6th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Hokitika Museum, view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, then explore the galleries of Left Bank Art Gallery, then trek along Truman Track, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Hokitika Beach, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, and finally trek along Coal Creek Track.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Greymouth trip maker site .

Getting from Christchurch to Greymouth by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hokitika, Punakaiki, Coal Creek Track
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Truman Track ©
Truman Track

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 8th (Sun), kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Franz Josef trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka sightseeing app .

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

2
nights
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 11th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Spas

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