Alpine Lakes Itinerary

4-5 DAYS

611 km

Highlights

  • Aoraki/Mt Cook our highest peak
  • Wanaka our ultimate outdoor utopia
  • Queenstown our adventure capital

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Walk beneath New Zealand’s highest mountain, climb to towering waterfalls and take a thrilling jet boat ride through narrow river canyons. An Alpine Lakes Journey in the South Island is packed with adventures you won’t find anywhere else.

    Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

    Discover the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve
    Christchurch - Canterbury

    CANTERBURY

    Blue lakes, highest peak & night sky wonder

    Proximity

    • By car: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
    • By car: 3 h | 227 km

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    Start your journey in the vibrant city of Christchurch. Discover the ever-growing street art culture before heading out to Lake Tekapo. Marvel at the brilliant turquoise waters and discover the world's largest Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best places in New Zealand to view the Southern Lights.

    Day 2: Lake Tekapo to Aoraki/Mount Cook

    Discover New Zealand's Highest Mountain
    Christchurch - Canterbury

    CANTERBURY

    Home of the highest mountains & longest glaciers

    Proximity

    • By car: Lake Tekapo to Aoraki/Mount Cook
    • By car: 1 h 10 min | 106 km

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    From Lake Tekapo head to Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Explore the area on an easy day walk, longer climb or guided ascent. Or view the spectacular Southern Alps from above on a scenic flight.

    Before you leave, get up close to the ever-changing ice environment of the Tasman Glacier.

    Day 3: Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka

    An outdoor Playground for all kinds of fun
    Wanaka

    WANAKA

    Lakeside town surrounded by epic outdoor adventures

    Proximity

    • By car: Aoraki/Mount Cook to Wanaka
    • By car: 2 h 20 min | 207 km

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    Travel past turquoise lakes and rivers to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka. Set alongside the renown Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is the ultimate outdoor utopia.

    Hiking, biking both on and off road, water activities, airborne adventures; something for all, no matter your flavour of fun.

    Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown

    Experience a thrilling jet boat ride
    Queenstown

    QUEENSTOWN

    The adventure capital of New Zealand

    Proximity

    • By car: Wanaka to Queenstown
    • By car: 1 h | 71 km

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    From Wanaka head across to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Thrill yourself with a huge choice of adrenaline activities including jetboating, bungy jumping, white water rafting and skydiving – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping!

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    • Getting around

      Getting around New Zealand is easy with familiar road signs and a great range of transport options available.

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    • Where to stay

      There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.

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    • Weather and seasons

      Visit in Spring or Autumn to enjoy warm weather, lower prices and short queues.

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