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Christchurch & Queenstown Vacation Packages

From wildlife and wineries to glacial valleys and star-filled skies, nature flourishes in and around Christchurch and Queenstown.

Explore Christchurch & Queenstown

South Island is a place where the Southern Alps and rugged coastlines merge with sleepy plains. Here, the landscapes are famous and the locals are down-to-earth and friendly. From amazing snow-caped mountains and pristine glacial lakes to idyllic white- and black-sand beaches, the South Island is the ultimate adventure destination. 

Traditional, yet imaginative, Christchurch is a city full of historic buildings, colorful artwork, eclectic shops and expansive natural spaces. The central attraction is The Arts Center, which hosts some of New Zealand’s most dynamic displays of heritage. For an iconic experience, browse the award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Queenstown is a stunning city that offers a warm welcome to backpackers, sightseers and travelers looking to relax among nature. With the Southern Alps as its backdrop, there’s plenty to see and do. 

In Christchurch and beyond, breathtaking views are found everywhere — from Banks Peninsula and Lake Ellesmere to Lyttelton Harbour and the beaches of Pegasus Bay. See these sights on a helicopter, gondola, train, kayak or cycling adventure. Plus, day trips outside the city afford more awe-inspiring scenes, including the village of Akaroa’s marine life, Hanmer Springs’ thermal pool and The Devil's Punchbowl Falls.

In Queenstown, bungee jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge, or feel the rush of a river-boarding adventure on Kawarau River. A vacation to Queenstown isn’t complete without trying gold panning at one of the historic mining villages, sampling the infamous Pinot Noir in the Central Otago wine region, or sinking into one of the many natural, hot thermal pools around the city. Take a day trip to Milford Sound for a boat cruise or kayaking adventure.

If you are planning a multi-destination itinerary, keep in mind that distances may appear short, but travel time may take longer than expected due to the terrain and ferry service between the North and South Islands. If you'd like to combine visiting two or more areas, call our destination experts at 1-800-800-1504.

Auckland offers some of the best shopping in New Zealand. Browse vibrant shopping districts like High Street and Chancery, home to a world-class collection of boutique and designer stores. If you enjoy bustling market shopping, head over to the Matakana Country Market for hand-made or home-grown arts, crafts and goods. Wellington is a shopping haven of original art, designer fashion and film memorabilia.

In Christchurch, shoppers will find lots of European flair at classy, yet edgy shops, which boast cutting edge-fashion trends and authentic Kiwi fashion pieces. The Tannery’s is a retail hub dipped in local history. Discover fashion ranging from well-tailored clothing to locally made trinkets. And on Saturdays, head down to the Creative Queenstown Art & Craft Market for authentic New Zealand goods and live music.

On the North Island, Auckland is a divine destination for foodies and wine connoisseurs. The city’s food and wine scene serves up something for every taste — from modern to international dishes. Hop on a ferry to the seaside village of Devonport for heavenly, handmade chocolates and truffles. Take a day trip to the west of the city to tease your taste buds with New Zealand’s award-winning, vintage wines, which you can pair with scrumptious local fare. Known as New Zealand’s culinary capital, Wellington’s vibrant creative culture is fueled by craft beer, great food, wine and coffee.

Discover the dynamic flavors of South Island. Hundreds of cafes and bars are ready to serve treats like giant burgers, fresh sushi, traditional hangi (meat and root vegetables cooked in a pit) and the local favorite — crayfish. For dessert, try some Hokey Pokey ice cream. The caramel-glazed honeycomb will make your favorite flavor that much more savory. Your beverage options are just as delicious. Start your day at a craft coffee barista, and finish it enjoying the legendary nightlife of cozy wine bar or pub.

Delta Vacations vacation packages include round-trip airfare aboard a Delta Global Partner Airline to Christchurch International Airport (CHC) and Queenstown Airport (ZQN) on the South Island. Christchurch International Airport is within a 30-minute drive of downtown. The Queenstown Airport is 20 minutes from the town center. Taxis, airport shuttles and buses are available from all airports.

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