13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16 h
1
Wellington
— 1 night
ferry:  4 h
2
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
3
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
6
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
Te Anau
— Few hours
Bus:  11 h 30 min
10
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Queenstown

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night
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington itinerary planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Wellington is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Wellington is 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in August; daily highs in Wellington reach 15°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Picton online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Wellington to Picton by car takes about 3.5 hours. August in Picton sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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 more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nelson online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Greymouth on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Woods Creek Track, hike along Point Elizabeth Walkway, then take in the waterfront at Greymouth Breakwater, and finally walk around Dixon Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Greymouth road trip planning site .

You can drive from Nelson to Greymouth in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway
Dixon Park ©
Dixon Park
Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Glacier Hot Pools has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk and then relax and rejuvenate at Glacier Hot Pools.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Spas Outdoors Parks
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Glacier Hot Pools ©
Glacier Hot Pools
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 20th (Thu), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook and then trek along Sealy Tarns Track. Keep things going the next day: hike along Mueller Hut Route, hike along Red Tarns Track, then stroll through Governors Bush Walk, and finally hike along Glencoe Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Mt. Cook Village takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally don't miss a visit to Memorial to James Mackenzie.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip maker site .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Fairlie
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak and then have fun at Break One.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip website .

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Break One ©
Break One
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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Te Anau

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then trek along Gertrude Saddle.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Riccarton House & Bush. There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend, make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, and get around town with TranzAlpine Train.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Christchurch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Spas
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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The World's Steepest Street ©
The World's Steepest Street

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