Wellington to Queenstown via Aoraki Mount Cook

On this 4-day excursion, you'll see some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery. Take in the sights and sounds of Wellington before crossing the Cook Strait to Marlborough for wine and waterways. Visit Kaikoura to see whales, Christchurch to see gorgeous gardens, and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to see New Zealand's highest peak. Finish your journey at Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.

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Wellington to Queenstown via Aoraki Mount Cook

Day 1: Wellington to Kaikoura

Wellington's downtown is great for walking tours because it is nestled between the bay and the hills. Throughout the city, there are numerous cafes, restaurants, museums, and galleries to visit. One of the most picturesque boat rides in the world is from Wellington to Marlborough in the South Island. The wine and lovely canals of this region are well-known. Blenheim, the region's hub, is an excellent place to have a bite to eat. You'll travel along the coast to Kaikoura from here. This beach town is a great place to go if you want to view whales swimming alongside dolphins and orcas, or take a walk around the peninsula to witness fur seal populations resting on the rocks.

Kaikōura
Kaikōura
Kaikōura, New Zealand

Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch via Hanmer Springs

Today, drive the picturesque inland journey to Hanmer Springs, a relaxing and indulgent location. Soak in the hot springs or indulge in a variety of spa treatments. You can also participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Continue on to Christchurch via the towns of Waipara, Amberley, and Waikuku. This area is characterized by farmland, vineyards, and olive trees. Waipara, in particular, is recognized for its wine, so it's a great place to stop for a bite to eat. Old English gardens combine with modern bars and cutting-edge art in Christchurch. Punting on the Avon River, motorcycling in the Port Hills, and visiting the French colonial hamlet of Akaroa are all popular activities.

Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Day 3: Christchurch to Aoraki/Mount Cook via Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo's village is located near the lake's southern end. The lake's beautiful opaque blue color is created by fine rock particles suspended in water. Fishing, kayaking, biking, horseback riding, and skiing are just a few of the activities available. The road to Mount Cook Village passes through tussock land and along the shores of Lake Pukaki. Mountain climbers, hikers, and landscape enthusiasts go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, which is home to Australasia's highest peak (Mt Cook, 3755m). Popular activities include heli-skiing, heli-hiking, and aerial sightseeing. The area is especially known for its beautiful night sky.

Mt Cook
Mt Cook
Mt Cook, Aoraki, Canterbury, New Zealand

Day 4: Mount Cook Village to Queenstown

Today's journey takes you past Omarama, which is known for its Northwest Arch, a thermal that can send glider pilots up to 10,000 meters. Lake Dunstan is a great spot for a picnic before exploring Cromwell's renovated core. If you're interested in old gold mines, take a detour to Bannockburn. Queenstown, New Zealand's mountain resort, is vibrant, smart, and breathtakingly beautiful. Spend your final day of travel taking in everything the region has to offer, from bungy jumping, jet boating, and horseback riding to rafting and river surfing. There are lots of luxury experiences to choose from, including gourmet food and wine, spa treatments, and leisurely golf games.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand
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