10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Milford Sound
— 1 day
Drive
4
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus
6
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive
7
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Drive
8
Pukaki
— 1 night
Drive
9
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
10
Akaroa
Drive
11
Christchurch
— 1 night
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Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, stop by Pauanesia, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect nights in Auckland to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping

Queenstown

— 2 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.
Shotover Jet has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then add some fun to your beach time Shotover Jet, then relax and rejuvenate at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa, and finally shop like a local with Silver Fern Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online tour planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Milford Sound

— 1 day

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Milford sound Hwy, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bowen Falls, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Milford Sound travel planning website.

You can fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Te Anau

— 1 night
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.
To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau online tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Milford Sound to Te Anau. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then do a tasting at Peregrine Wines. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown planning app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Wanaka

— 1 night
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.
To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka holiday planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): hike along Glencoe Walk and then hike along Hooker Valley Track.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pukaki.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Pukaki

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Tahr Sculpture.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pukaki road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Pukaki. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Lake Tekapo.

Lake Tekapo

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Pukaki to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Akaroa

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stop by Pot Pourri and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church.

Plan trip to Akaroa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Akaroa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. June in Akaroa sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Shopping · Historic Sites

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stop by The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Akaroa to Christchurch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Christchurch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.

Fiordland National Park travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Hiking Trails
Place of Greenstone
As the heart of World Heritage-listed Wahipounamu, Fiordland National Park makes a great base for those wanting an adventure holiday packed full of wildlife-spotting expeditions, alpine climbs, and chances to enjoy New Zealand's national pastime--hiking. Over 500 km (310 mi) of hiking trails lead you through the native forest, up to the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, and along verdant valleys. Sea kayaking also ranks among the top things to do in Fiordland National Park, letting you explore the waters and get close to some of the protected animals here, including penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and seals. Formed over a period of 100,000 years, the fiords offer fantastic viewpoints and photo opportunities.