11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 11th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Southern Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Christchurch, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Christchurch to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Franz Josef

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through West Coast Wildlife Centre and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Franz Josef route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Wanaka

— 2 nights
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 15th (Wed), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roys Peak Track.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Wanaka trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Franz Josef to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Te Anau

— 2 nights
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 17th (Fri): stroll through The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.