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:  3​h 30​min
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Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  1​h
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
car:  2​h
6
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Milford Sound
— 1 day
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Wanaka
— Few hours
car:  3​h 30​min
9
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Punakaiki
— Few hours
car:  5​h 30​min
11
Abel Tasman National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Christchurch
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip maker tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toLake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Nature Beaches Outdoors
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Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Good Shepherd and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Hooker Valley Track has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): hike along Hooker Valley Track.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mt. Cook Village, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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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.
Roys Peak Track has been added to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand, Skydiving and Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand and then soothe aching muscles at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand ©
AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa ©
Skydiving

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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.
To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip site .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Milford Sound. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Museums
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Wanaka

Wanaka
To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wanaka travel route planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Milford Sound to Wanaka. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Roberts Point Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Helicopter Tours

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Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Punakaiki trip maker website .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Punakaiki in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Punakaiki to Abel Tasman National Park takes 5.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fishing Charters & Tours as well as Dolphin & Whale Watching. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

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

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Kaikoura with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

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Christchurch

Christchurch
For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner .

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You will leave for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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