11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Picton
— 1 night
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
4
Dunedin
— 3 nights
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
7
Christchurch
— 1 night
8
Picton
— 1 day

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Picton

Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Picton trip itinerary website.

Taupo to Picton is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Picton, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura attractions planning app.

You can take a bus from Picton to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You will leave for Christchurch on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planning website.

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

3
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Larnach Castle & Gardens and Rail Tours. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, and pause for some photo ops at Robert Scott Memorial.

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You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Artbay Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with The Helicopter Line Mount Cook, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then appreciate the history behind Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

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Traveling by car from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch

Garden City

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 8th (Fri), you're off to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

1
day
Picton

Picton ©

Gateway to the South Island

On the 8th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound, then see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Picton trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Christchurch to Picton by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Christchurch in January, Picton is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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