9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Blenheim
— 1 night
2
Kaikoura
— Few hours
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
5
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
6
Cromwell
— Few hours
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights

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Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Blenheim visit website.

Guangzhou, China to Blenheim is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Guangzhou in May: high temperatures in Blenheim hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Whale Watch Kaikoura has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Whale Watch Kaikoura.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Whale Watch Kaikoura ©
Whale Watch Kaikoura

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Christchurch Botanic Gardens as well as Avon River. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the activities along Avon River.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch vacation planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Christchurch are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature
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Avon River ©
Avon River
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki, Southern Alps Guiding and Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki, thentake a tour by water with Southern Alps Guiding, and then explore the striking landscape at Tasman Glacier.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tasman Glacier, Lake Pukaki
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Tasman Glacier ©
Tasman Glacier
Southern Alps Guiding ©
Southern Alps Guiding

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
You've now added Lake Tekapo to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cromwell Fruit Sculpture. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cromwell Fruit Sculpture.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cromwell trip planning app.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Cromwell by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.
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Cromwell Fruit Sculpture ©
Cromwell Fruit Sculpture

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Milford Sound, Dart River Adventures and Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with Dart River Adventures and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown route planner.

Traveling by car from Cromwell to Queenstown takes an hour. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown ©
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Dart River Adventures ©
Dart River Adventures

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