8 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

8 days in Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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Christchurch
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Queenstown
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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 22nd (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch road trip planning app.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Christchurch, with lows of 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks

Queenstown

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Te Anau (Milford Sound, Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, &more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder website.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

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