12 days in New Zealand & Brisbane Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand & Brisbane Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brisbane, Australia
— Few hours
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 1 night
4
Invercargill, New Zealand
— 1 night
5
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 3 nights
6
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
7
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation planning site.

Mackay to Brisbane is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mackay in December, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around °C and lows about °C. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Fly from Brisbane to Queenstown in 7 hours. Traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Spas Shopping
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Fear Factory Queenstown ©
Fear Factory Queenstown

1
night
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Invercargill, New Zealand

Invercargill
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Invercargill trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Invercargill takes 4 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Parks Tours
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3
nights
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Moeraki Boulders Beach in Oamaru--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff lookout and Hotere Garden, and identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dunedin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moeraki Boulders Beach
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Akaroa (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch attractions planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Dolphin & Whale Watching
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

1
night
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Christchurch to Brisbane by flight takes about 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Brisbane. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in December, with highs in Brisbane at °C and lows at °C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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