24 days in Christchurch & Wanaka Itinerary

24 days in Christchurch & Wanaka Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Christchurch
— 12 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Wanaka
— 11 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Auckland

12
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Little River Gallery (in Little River), Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & French Peak Wines) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). On the 1st (Wed), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral, and examine the collection at Quake City.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Christchurch day trip app.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in June since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Akaroa, Waipara, Ohinetahi Garden, Little River Gallery, Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 12:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

11
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wanaka side-trips: Cardrona (Cardrona Distillery & Cardrona Alpine Resort), Te Anau (Milford Sound, The Chasm Walk, &more) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 15th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. On the 17th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, stroll through Lake Gunn, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, Cardrona, Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 23:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track

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