12 days in Auckland Central, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

12 days in Auckland Central, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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12 days in Auckland Central, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Queenstown
Fly:  4​h
Auckland Central
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Queenstown
— 8 nights
Queenstown

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days
Auckland Central

Auckland Central ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stop by Pauanesia, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Auckland Zoo and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Auckland vacation planner.

Queenstown to Auckland is an approximately 4-hour flight. February in Auckland sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
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Auckland Museum

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On the next day, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Christchurch travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), & more). On the 17th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Speed Boats Tours

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