5 days in Wanaka & Queenstown Itinerary

5 days in Wanaka & Queenstown Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Otago Region trip planner

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Wanaka
— 1 day
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Wanaka

— 1 day
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 Lake Wanaka Cruises to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get a new perspective on things with Lake Wanaka Cruises.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

Auckland to Wanaka is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

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Queenstown

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). On the 28th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown route builder site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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