10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch
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Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
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Hanmer Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
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Maruia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
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Reefton
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Murchison
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
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Kaiteriteri
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
8
Pohara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Havelock
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
10
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
11
Blenheim
— 1 night
car:  1 h 30 min
12
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
13
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
End: Dunedin

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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Christchurch International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amuri Jet - Hanmer Springs as well as Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, stop by The Decadent Fudge Company, and then add some fun to your beach time Amuri Jet - Hanmer Springs.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanmer Springs route planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maruia.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Spas Nature Parks
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Amuri Jet - Hanmer Springs ©
Amuri Jet - Hanmer Springs

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Maruia

Maruia
Maruia is a locality in the West Coast region of New Zealand. To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Maruia trip app.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Maruia in 1.5 hours. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Reefton.

Things to do in Maruia

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Reefton

Reefton ©
Reefton is a small town on New Zealand's West Coast region, some 80 km northeast of Greymouth, in the valley of the Inangahua River. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to The Bearded Miners.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Reefton trip planner.

You can drive from Maruia to Reefton in an hour. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Murchison.
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The Bearded Miners ©
The Bearded Miners

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Murchison

Murchison ©
Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Buller Gorge Swing Bridge and then admire the sheer force of Maruia Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Murchison trip planner.

Getting from Reefton to Murchison by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Nelson.

Things to do in Murchison

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Buller Gorge Swing Bridge ©
Buller Gorge Swing Bridge
Maruia Falls ©
Maruia Falls

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nelson day trip site.

Traveling by car from Murchison to Nelson takes 2.5 hours. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaiteriteri.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks
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Founders Park ©
Founders Park
Queen's Gardens ©
Queen's Gardens

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Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri
Kaiteriteri is a town and seaside resort in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kaiteriteri driving holiday planner.

Drive from Nelson to Kaiteriteri in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Pohara.

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pohara

Pohara ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tata Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pohara trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kaiteriteri to Pohara in 1.5 hours. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Havelock.

Things to do in Pohara

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Wainui Falls Track
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Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track

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Havelock

Havelock
Havelock is a coastal village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. On the 22nd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

For photos and other tourist information, read Havelock road trip planning website.

Drive from Pohara to Havelock in 3 hours. In October in Havelock, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Picton.

Things to do in Havelock

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Picton travel website.

Drive from Havelock to Picton in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 23rd (Wed), learn about winemaking at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop.

Plan a Blenheim trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Blenheim is very close to Picton. October in Blenheim sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries
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Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop ©
Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 24th (Thu), make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kaikoura online trip builder.

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

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