10 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

10 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

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10 days in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Auckland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Browns Bay Beach, then stroll through Orewa Beach, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online attractions planner .

San Francisco, USA to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Auckland is 20 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Browns Bay Beach, Orewa Beach, Piha Beach
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Leithfield Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Change things up with a short trip to Waipara Springs Winery in Waipara (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, make a trip to Diminish and Ascend, do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, and kick back and relax at Corsair Bay.

Make your Christchurch itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Christchurch hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Leithfield Beach, Waipara Springs Winery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get in touch with nature at Hollyford Track and Queenstown Golf Club. Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Queenstown Arts Centre. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, learn about winemaking at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Spas
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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