14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Picton
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Greymouth
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Orewa Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Snells Beach, then grab your bike and head to Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach, and finally stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland travel planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Cheltenham Beach, Browns Bay Beach, Snells Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, then see Off-Road Tours, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Wellington City Walkways, then make a trip to Oriental Terrace Zig Zag, and then trek along Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in February, Wellington is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Paekakariki Escarpment Walkway, Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
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Off-Road Tours
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Nga Manu Nature Reserve

2
nights
Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at The National Whale Centre, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get outside with Sounds Air, then identify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, then take an in-depth tour of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and finally head outdoors with Tirohanga Track.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton travel route app .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): learn about winemaking at Yealands Estate Winery, learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at Wither Hills Cellar Door. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, and then do a tasting at Framingham Wines.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Blenheim route maker app .

Blenheim is just a stone's throw from Picton. February in Blenheim sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Yealands Estate Winery
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Yealands Estate Winery ©
Yealands Estate Winery

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, then have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, wander the streets of Port Hills, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Christchurch journey site .

Fly from Blenheim to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Blenheim in February since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts

3
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, then hike along Woods Creek Track, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Parish, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pororari River Track. Keep things going the next day: trek along Coal Creek Track, then trek along Point Elizabeth Walkway, then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Greymouth travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Greymouth takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hokitika, Pororari River Track, Coal Creek Track
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

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