9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
Fly:  17​h
1
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kaikoura
— Few hours
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cromwell
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Guangzhou

1
night
Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim travel route planning tool .

Guangzhou, China to Blenheim is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guangzhou to Blenheim is 4 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Guangzhou in May: high temperatures in Blenheim hover around 60°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Parks
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hours
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whale Watch Kaikoura.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura online trip builder .

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

Things to do in Kaikoura

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Whale Watch Kaikoura ©
Whale Watch Kaikoura

1
night
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.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Christchurch trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

2
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. On the 11th (Sat), get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

Planning Mt. Cook Village trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

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

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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hours
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.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo online 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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hours
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.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cromwell road trip planning site .

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

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 Milford Sound, Dart River Adventures and Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience. On the 13th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience. On the next day, race across the water with Dart River Adventures and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cromwell to Queenstown takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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