16 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

16 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Auckland

5
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waiheke Horse Tours. Howick Historical Village and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Visit Takapuna Beach and Orewa Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Soljans Estate Winery (in Kumeu), Waiheke Island (Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Goldie Estate, &more) and Obsidian Vineyard (in Onetangi). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online road trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Orewa, Kitekite Falls, Soljans Estate Winery, Villa Maria Auckland Winery
Highlights from your plan
Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

4
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Port Hills and Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Corsair Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Garden of Tane, Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Auckland in March, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Akaroa
Highlights from your plan
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Lomond Track and Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown. Visiting Moke Lake and Lake Hayes Walkway will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Cardrona (Cardrona Distillery & Cardrona Bra Fence) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Wanaka). The adventure continues: stroll through Tiki Trail, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cardrona, Arrowtown, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Crown Range Road
Highlights from your plan
Tiki Trail ©
Tiki Trail
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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