17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Fairlie
— 3 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Orakei Basin, Westfield Newmarket, Auckland Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Pauanesia, then admire the striking features of Ferry Building, and then make a trip to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with Auckland Bridge Climb, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Westfield Newmarket, then take a stroll through Parnell, and finally take in the waterfront at Orakei Basin.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland is 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July, with highs in Auckland at 13°C and lows at 13°C. You'll set off for Christchurch on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Auckland

Side Trip

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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You've added Victoria Square, Christchurch Tramway, Cathedral Square, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at Quake City, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch road 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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in July since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Fairlie.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
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Fairlie

Fairlie ©
Fairlie is a Mackenzie District service town located in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Change things up with these side-trips from Fairlie: New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo, Tekapo Springs, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, get engrossed in the history at Fairlie Heritage Museum, view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fairlie travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fairlie in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Fairlie

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo trip planning tool.

Lake Tekapo is just a short distance from Fairlie. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

1
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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes That Wanaka Tree. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, get your game on at Puzzling World, then do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, then appreciate the history behind Wanaka War Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to That Wanaka Tree.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wanaka online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka takes 4.5 hours. You will leave for Queenstown on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

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 Queenstown Mall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (in Te Anau). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour or see a game at Queenstown Ice Arena, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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