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Ultimate 12-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch to Auckland

Ultimate 12-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch to Auckland Itinerary

Published: 2024 May 03

City Exploration and Culinary Delights

Morning
Start your journey with a delightful breakfast at C1 Espresso, known for its innovative menu and unique pneumatic food delivery system. Afterward, visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for a peaceful stroll and enjoy the beauty of the various plant collections.
Afternoon
For lunch, head to Little High Eatery, a vibrant food court offering a variety of cuisines. In the afternoon, take a leisurely punt ride on the Avon River to relax and take in the city's charm.
Evening
Enjoy a sophisticated dining experience at Roots Restaurant, known for its focus on local and seasonal ingredients. After dinner, take a leisurely walk around the iconic New Regent Street with its pastel-hued buildings.
Bedtime
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Wildlife Encounters and Cultural Immersion

Morning
Have a hearty breakfast at The Monday Room, a popular spot known for its brunch menu. Then, embark on a journey to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve to experience New Zealand's native wildlife up close.
Afternoon
For lunch, savor the flavors of Italy at Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. In the afternoon, visit the Canterbury Museum to learn about the region's history and culture.
Evening
Dine at Inati, a restaurant offering a modern take on New Zealand cuisine. Afterward, attend a performance at the Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral), a unique and innovative architectural structure.
Bedtime
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Scenic Wonders and Stargazing

Morning
Travel to Lake Tekapo and have a serene breakfast overlooking the stunning turquoise waters. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, a picturesque church by the lake.
Afternoon
Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch by the lake. Spend the afternoon at the Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch, taking in the breathtaking alpine scenery.
Evening
Indulge in a unique dining experience at The Bicycle Thief, known for its creative dishes. Conclude your day with a stargazing tour at the Mount John University Observatory.
Bedtime
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Adventure Capital of the World

Morning
Arrive in Queenstown and have a delicious breakfast at Vudu Cafe & Larder. Then, take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Shotover River for an adrenaline-pumping start to your day.
Afternoon
Enjoy a Fergburger for lunch, a must-try in Queenstown. In the afternoon, take the Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Luge for panoramic views of the Remarkables mountain range.
Evening
Dine at Rata, a restaurant owned by a local celebrity chef, Josh Emett. After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the Queenstown Waterfront and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
Bedtime
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Thrills and Views in Queenstown

Morning
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Joe's Garage, a popular spot with a laid-back atmosphere. Then, experience the ultimate thrill with a bungy jump at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, the birthplace of bungy jumping.
Afternoon
For lunch, enjoy a meal at Public Kitchen & Bar, known for its local and seasonal dishes. In the afternoon, take a scenic drive to Glenorchy and explore the stunning landscapes.
Evening
Dine at Amisfield Winery & Bistro, a renowned winery offering a unique dining experience. Watch the sunset over the vineyards before heading back to Queenstown.
Bedtime
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