8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Bus:  6 h 30 min
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, and other attractions. On the 4th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Orana Wildlife Park, take in the local landmarks with Punting on the Avon, and then contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, then take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, and then take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Christchurch itinerary maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Christchurch at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Punting on the Avon ©
Punting on the Avon

1
night
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Paparoa National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paparoa National Park and then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Greymouth trip maker website .

Drive from Christchurch to Greymouth in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paparoa National Park
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Paparoa National Park ©
Paparoa National Park
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

1
night
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas. On the 7th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then hike along Franz Josef Glacier.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Franz Josef online trip builder .

Drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Spas Nature
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Spas

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wanaka Water Taxi and Wanaka 4x4 Explorer, That Wanaka Tree and Puzzling World. On the 8th (Fri), get your game on at Puzzling World.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka visit planner.

Take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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That Wanaka Tree ©
That Wanaka Tree
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shotover Jet, Photography Tours, Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience, and other attractions you added. On the 9th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Below Zero Ice Bar.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Shotover Jet ©
Shotover Jet
Horseback Riding Tours

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