11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Pukaki
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
4
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Omarama
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  2​h 30​min
7
Queenstown
— 1 night
car:  3​h 30​min
8
Te Anau
— 1 night
car:  3​h 30​min
9
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk and then wander the streets of Port Hills. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Riccarton House & Bush and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online tour planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Christchurch is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, you will find days in Christchurch are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are colder (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
River Rafting & Tubing
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud and then get outside with AquaNorts.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Pukaki.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

few
hours
Pukaki

Pukaki ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pukaki online travel route planner .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Pukaki in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Pukaki

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Pukaki
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Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo and then explore the activities along Lake Alexandrina.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake Tekapo online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Pukaki to Lake Tekapo takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Omarama.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks
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Lake Alexandrina ©
Lake Alexandrina
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

few
hours
Omarama

Omarama
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. On the 12th (Thu), make a trip to Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Omarama route site .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Omarama in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Omarama

Parks

Side Trip

Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station
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1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop and then get outside with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Omarama to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Museums
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1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Mt Rosa Wines ©
Mt Rosa Wines

1
night
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

2
nights
Queenstown

Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then trek along Mt Crichton Loop Track. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Tobins Track, then hike along Queenstown Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary site .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©

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