9 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

9 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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9 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For shopping fun, head to The Giants House or The Arts Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Swim with Dolphins. Go for a jaunt from Christchurch to Little River to see Little River Gallery about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), take in the exciting artwork at Waihora Gallery, enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train, and stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in Christchurch at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Wildlife Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Bead Shop and Queenstown Arts Centre. Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Zipline. Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Te Anau Glowworm Caves, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Hollyford Track, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown travel route planning app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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