17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Timaru
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Oamaru
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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Invercargill
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
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Queenstown
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Haast
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Hokitika
— 1 night
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Greymouth
— 3 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Nelson
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Blenheim
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Kaikoura
— 1 day
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Christchurch
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 18th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch holiday planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Christchurch is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Christchurch at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Timaru.
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Timaru

Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Timaru trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Timaru takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Oamaru on the 19th (Mon).
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Oamaru

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oamaru day trip planner.

You can drive from Timaru to Oamaru in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 19th (Mon).
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Dunedin — 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandfly Bay Track.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dunedin trip planning app.

Drive from Oamaru to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Invercargill.
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Invercargill — 2 nights

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Step off the beaten path and head to Bill Richardson Transport World and Gemstone Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Te Hikoi Museum and Information Centre. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rakiura Rides, delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Pauls Presbyterian Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Oreti Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Invercargill trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Te Anau holiday maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invercargill to Te Anau. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get in touch with nature with Hiking & Camping Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, then hike along Tiki Trail, and finally make a trip to One Mile Power House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip builder app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.
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Wanaka — 2 nights

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 25th (Sun), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka online itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Haast.
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Haast

Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Haast travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Haast. You will leave for Hokitika on the 26th (Mon).
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Hokitika — 1 night

Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, and then trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hokitika trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Haast to Hokitika in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Greymouth.
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Greymouth — 3 nights

Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Get in touch with nature at Punakaiki Cavern and Point Elizabeth Walkway. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at History House Museum and St Patrick's Parish. Get out of town with these interesting Greymouth side-trips: Punakaiki (Pororari River Track & Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk), Lake Brunner (in Moana) and Reefton Distilling Co. (in Reefton). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Woods Creek Track, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, and trek along Coal Creek Track.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Greymouth tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Greymouth takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Westport.
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Westport — 2 nights

Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 31st (Sat), tee off at Westport Golf Club and then stroll through The Old Ghost Road. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Coast Brewery, then stroll through Coalbrookdale Walk, then get engrossed in the history at Denniston Heritage Trust, and finally contemplate the long history of Coalmining.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport day trip site.

You can drive from Greymouth to Westport in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nelson.
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Nelson

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelson online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Nelson takes 3 hours. You'll set off for Blenheim on the 1st (Sun).
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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Kaikoura.
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Kaikoura — 1 day

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Emporium, then get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura road trip planning site.

Getting from Blenheim to Kaikoura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Christchurch.
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Christchurch

Garden City

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch online holiday planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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