13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  31​h
1
Dunedin
— 2 nights
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Punakaiki
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  38​h
End: London

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre and then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin sightseeing planner .

London, UK to Dunedin is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from London to Dunedin, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hike along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation builder site .

Take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Wanaka is known for nature, fun & games, trails, winter sports, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, stroll through Roys Peak Track, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

2
nights
Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. On the 2nd (Mon), go for a walk through Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, trek along Cape Foulwind Walkway, then trek along Pororari River Track, then hike along Truman Track, and finally stroll through Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Denniston Heritage Trust, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Kawatiri River Trail, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Punakaiki Cavern.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Punakaiki trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Punakaiki. You will leave for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Westport
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway

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