This varied and spectacular 10-day itinerary takes you to some of New Zealand's most amazing cities, including Auckland and Wellington in the North Island and Christchurch and Queenstown in the South. You'll never be bored in the city because there's so much to do. However, what truly distinguishes these cities is their proximity to nature, water, and animals, as well as the variety of outdoor activities available.
Day 1 - 3: Explore the Auckland Region
Welcome to the largest city in New Zealand! Wander up High St to the Britomart area, swing past the pubs along the shoreline of the Viaduct, and onto Wynyard Quarter to get as much Auckland shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars as possible in one place. All of these districts are located in the heart of the city, and there is lots to see and do. You may take a ferry from downtown to Waiheke Island, which is ideal for a relaxed day trip to superb wineries. Piha Beach, tucked in the Waitakere Ranges nearby, is another day trip destination. The French Markets in Parnell have wonderful food on Saturday mornings, and there are plenty of events and free activities to enjoy if you visit during the summer.
Waiheke IslandWaiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Day 4 - 5: Meet Wellington, the coolest little capital
Wellington has a small-town feel to it, with a compact inner city bursting at the seams with excellent cafés, clothes stores, restaurants, and unusual bars. From Cuba St to Courtney Place, there are a variety of restaurants to choose from. On a sunny day, nothing surpasses Wellington, so if the weather is nice, rent a bike and peddle around the lovely shoreline. You'll pass Te Papa Museum, which is usually brimming with cutting-edge exhibits. Take the Weta Studios tour while you're there to see how Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies' costumes, characters, and settings came to life.
WellingtonWellington, New Zealand
Day 6 - 7: Discover innovative Christchurch
Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island, has undergone a dramatic transformation since the 2011 earthquake. Heritage attractions coexist with cutting-edge cafes, restaurants, and pubs, as well as a variety of thrilling outdoor activities. Heritage trams, punting on the Avon, and the ageless botanical gardens are just a few of the city's outstanding attractions. Alternatively, spend your day in Christchurch's shopping precincts perusing boutique shops and open-air markets. If you're looking for a day trip, take the tunnel to Lyttelton, a stylish portside district, or visit Akaroa, where you can encounter some of New Zealand's friendly wildlife.
ChristchurchChristchurch, New Zealand
Day 8 - 10: Experience Queenstown adventure
Queenstown is recognized as New Zealand's adventure capital, and it's not just because of the vast array of outdoor activities available; the bustling town and pulsing nightlife will keep you on your toes as well. This South Island jewel is absolutely stunning all year, with the lake and mountains providing a stunning backdrop as you stroll around the hamlet. When you're not taking part in one of the many adventure activities available, like as bungee jumping or jet boating, Queenstown has lots of venues to relax and socialize. Small roads and staircases lead to amazing bars and restaurants where you may relax in a chair while sipping a cocktail in front of an open fire.
ArrowtownArrowtown, New Zealand
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