9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Twizel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiport is Christchurch International Airport. In April in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

3
nights
Twizel

Twizel ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Cook Village (Aoraki/Mt. Cook & Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre), Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track & Glencoe Walk).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Twizel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Twizel takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

2
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 15th (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then browse the exhibits of Artbay Gallery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Twizel to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau journey planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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