7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Christchurch
— 1 night
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
5
Arrowtown
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 1 night

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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Banks Peninsula has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in August, Christchurch is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.
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Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, thenpause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip builder.

Getting from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Burkes Pass Gallery
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The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and then stroll through Ski The Tasman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, thenhike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

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

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Spas
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Helicopter Tours
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Wanaka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka by bus takes about 6 hours. You will leave for Arrowtown on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
On the 3rd (Thu), get outside with Arrowtown Village, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and then stop by The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort and then hike along Big Hill Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Cardrona Alpine Resort
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Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online journey planner.

Queenstown is very close to Arrowtown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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