16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 1 night
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
6
Te Anau
— 1 night
7
Milford Sound
— Few hours
8
Te Anau
— 1 night
9
Wanaka
— 1 night
10
Franz Josef
— 1 night
11
Punakaiki
— 1 night
12
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
13
Christchurch
— 1 day

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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, ratings, and more tourist information, read Christchurch attractions app.

Melbourne, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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night
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.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

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night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village day trip planning app.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. You will leave for Wanaka on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Tours
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night
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.
You've now added Roys Peak Track to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): hike along Roys Peak Track.

Find out how to plan Wanaka trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

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nights
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.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Adventure Spas
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AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand ©
AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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hours
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.
On the 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Milford Sound trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Milford Sound with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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night
Te Anau

Te Anau
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Milford Sound to Te Anau with the Route module. You will leave for Wanaka on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Wanaka

Wanaka
For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wanaka planning website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 6th (Wed).

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): trek along Roberts Point Track.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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night
Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Punakaiki road trip website.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Punakaiki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Punakaiki

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

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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.
You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Kaikoura in 5 hours. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

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day
Christchurch

Christchurch
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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