10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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
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Murchison
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Kaiteriteri
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Pohara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Havelock
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
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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 more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 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. On the 17th (Thu), soothe aching muscles at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, and then get active on the water at Amuri Jet - Hanmer Springs.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hanmer Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Maruia.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature Parks Spas
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

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Maruia

Maruia
Maruia is a locality in the West Coast region of New Zealand. To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Maruia travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Maruia in 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for 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.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Reefton holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Maruia to Reefton takes 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): get in on the family fun at Buller Gorge Swing Bridge and then admire the sheer force of Maruia Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Murchison trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Reefton to Murchison by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nelson travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Murchison to Nelson takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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
To plan Kaiteriteri vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Nelson to Kaiteriteri by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for Pohara.

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pohara

Pohara ©
On the 21st (Mon), hike along Wainui Falls Track and then kick back and relax at Tata Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pohara trip planner .

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
Tata Beach ©
Tata Beach

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Havelock

Havelock
Havelock is a coastal village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Havelock route tool .

Traveling by car from Pohara to Havelock takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Havelock are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Havelock

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Picton trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Havelock to Picton in an hour. In October in Picton, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): do a tasting at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim tour planner .

Blenheim is just a stone's throw from Picton. In October, daytime highs in Blenheim are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. 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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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura road trip planning website .

Drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Trails 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

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