11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Haast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Hokitika
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along The Chasm Walk, and appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Te Anau, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

1
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 (Wed), steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo travel route builder app .

Drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Haast.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

1
night
Haast

Haast ©
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Knights Point Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monro Beach, then stroll through Ship Creek Walks, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Haast online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Haast in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Haast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Monro Beach
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Ship Creek Walks ©
Ship Creek Walks
Helicopter Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier, and then stroll through Franz Josef Glacier.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Franz Josef vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Haast to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Kaniere, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hokitika travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner .

Getting from Hokitika to Christchurch by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Transportation
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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