8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
car:  3 h 30 min
2
Te Anau
— 2 nights
car:  6 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  4 h
4
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
End: Queenstown

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night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown holiday maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Queenstown International Airport. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Milford Sound. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Wanaka.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka journey planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Wanaka by bus takes about 6.5 hours. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Queenstown

On the 15th (Wed), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours
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Helicopter Tours

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