17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
Fly:
4​h
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:
6​h
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:
1​h 30​min
Milford Sound
— 3 nights
Drive:
3​h 45​min
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:
4​h
Auckland
— 8 nights
Auckland

2
days
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 8th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House, and then stroll through Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Little River Gallery, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Hills, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder.

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Christchurch. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Sightseeing Historic Sites

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Little River Gallery
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Riccarton House
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Christchurch to Te Anau in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Mirror Lakes Walk
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Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
days
Milford Sound

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Milford Sound itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Milford Sound takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Helicopter Tours

2
days
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 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River, and then steep yourself in history at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Lakes District Museum, stop by The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Milford Sound to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Adventure

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Arrowtown
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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Arrow River
Moke Lake

8
days
Auckland

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Get some cultural insight at Auckland Museum and Ponsonby. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunset Beach and Bethells Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Woodhill), Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and Warkworth (Omaha Beach & Tawharanui Regional Park). Next up on the itinerary: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Island, and enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Adventure

Side Trips

Warkworth, Sunset Beach, Dress-Smart Outlet Shopping, CraftWorld, Orewa Beach
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Orewa Beach
Zipline
Tawharanui Regional Park

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