19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Perth
fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Windwhistle
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Hanmer Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Perth

6
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nzone Skydive as well as Skyline Queenstown.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online trip builder .

Perth, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Queenstown. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Adventure Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Nzone Skydive ©
Nzone Skydive

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.
You've now added Deep Canyon to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sat), skim along the rocks with Deep Canyon.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Deep Canyon ©
Deep Canyon

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier Explorers. On the 19th (Sun), trek along Blue Pools Track. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on Glacier Explorers.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Mt. Cook Village. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Windwhistle.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Blue Pools Track
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Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track
Glacier Explorers ©
Glacier Explorers

1
night
Windwhistle

Windwhistle
To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Windwhistle itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Windwhistle in 3.5 hours. In January in Windwhistle, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Hanmer Springs on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Windwhistle

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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3
nights
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanmer Springs route website .

Traveling by car from Methven to Hanmer Springs takes 3 hours. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch travel route planner .

You can drive from Akaroa to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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2
nights
Akaroa

Akaroa
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Akaroa travel planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Akaroa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Christchurch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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