8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Te Anau
— 1 night
Milford Sound
— 2 nights



— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Wakatipu. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Te Anau

— 1 night
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along The Chasm Walk, then trek along Kepler Track, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau route planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Milford Sound

— 2 nights

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Milford Track. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, stroll through Milford Track, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Milford sound Hwy. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Routeburn Track, admire the sheer force of Bowen Falls, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Milford Sound route planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Milford Sound with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.