10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Kaikoura
Drive
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Twizel
Drive
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Milford Sound
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Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive
9
Queenstown
— 1 night
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Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Christchurch Gondola as well as Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch travel planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Christchurch hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Parks · Historic Sites

Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
You've now added Kaikoura Kayaks to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Kaikoura Kayaks.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura holiday builder site.

You can drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip planning site.

Drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Lake Tekapo

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tekapo Springs as well as Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking. On the 26th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, trot along with Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking, and then test the waters at Tekapo Springs.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo route maker.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Twizel.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Nature

Twizel

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Twizel road trip planning website.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Twizel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Twizel

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Skyline Queenstown as well as Family Adventures. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Lake Wanaka in Wanaka, approximately Wanaka away.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip website.

Traveling by car from Twizel to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Queenstown

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Milford Sound

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.
You've now added Real Journeys to your itinerary. On the 30th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Real Journeys.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound day trip planning website.

Drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Tours · Outdoors

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.
Te Anau Glowworm Caves has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can drive from Milford Sound to Te Anau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

You've now added Speed Boats Tours to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.