11 days in Queenstown & Wanaka Itinerary

11 days in Queenstown & Wanaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Otago Region trip planner

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Queenstown
— 5 nights
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
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Queenstown

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Queenstown Cemetery. Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Mt Rosa Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Roaring Wine Tours (in Cromwell), Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door (in Bannockburn) and UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona). There's much more to do: look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wanaka

— 5 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and National Transport and Toy Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Cardrona Alpine Resort and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to The Wrinkly Rams in Omarama (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: glide through natural beauty at Snow Farm NZ, find something for the whole family at Cardrona Adventure Park, get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours, and hike along Mount Iron Track.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wanaka tour planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips