8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Spas and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Lake Wanaka & Wanaka) and Lake Te Anau (in Te Anau). On the 17th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. On the 18th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, fly down the slopes at Southern Lakes Heliski, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey tool.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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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.