11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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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), stroll through Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Hills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip 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. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: highs in Christchurch hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Lake Pukaki has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pukaki vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Pukaki takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to 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 more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo online itinerary builder.

Drive from Pukaki to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive 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), admire all the interesting features of Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Omarama trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Omarama in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Omarama

Parks

Side Trip

Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station
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Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station ©
Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop and then head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co..

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Wanaka travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Omarama to Wanaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Museums
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Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop ©
The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop

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.
On the 13th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
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.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. On the 15th (Sun), trek along Gertrude Saddle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Crichton Loop Track. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Tobins Track, stroll through Queenstown Trail, and then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip builder site.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 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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Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery

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