12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Milford
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Milford
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 day
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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Milford Sound (in Te Anau) and Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton). On the 1st (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, hike along Lake Marian Track, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary planning tool.

Auckland to Queenstown is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

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Milford

Explore Milford's surroundings by going to Soljans Estate Winery (in Kumeu), Woodhill Mountain Bike Park (in Woodhill) and Waimauku (The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant & Westbrook Winery).

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Milford trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Queenstown to Milford. In January, daily temperatures in Milford can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Milford

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trek along Franz Josef Glacier, and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Milford to Fox Glacier in 18.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

Plan a Christchurch trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.