15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
2
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
5
Te Anau
— 1 night
6
Dunedin
— 1 night
7
Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights

2
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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.
You've added Split Apple Rock, Ngarua Caves, Kaiteriteri Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Ngarua Caves.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Abel Tasman National Park tour itinerary builder.

Picton to Abel Tasman National Park is an approximately 5-hour bus ride. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Franz Josef.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kaiteriteri, Ngarua Caves
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Split Apple Rock ©
Split Apple Rock
Ngarua Caves ©
Ngarua Caves

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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.
For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Franz Josef with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes That Wanaka Tree, Mount Iron Track, Lake Wanaka, and other attractions.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka attractions site.

Getting from Franz Josef to Wanaka by bus takes about 6 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Ruby's Cinema ©
Ruby's Cinema

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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.
You've added Dark Ride, Thrillzone Queenstown, Below Zero Ice Bar, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Milford Sound in Te Anau--about 1h 45 min away.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation site.

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Queenstown Gardens ©
Queenstown Gardens
Thrillzone Queenstown ©
Thrillzone Queenstown

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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 find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Octagon, Dunedin Chinese Garden and Larnach Castle & Gardens. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Chinese Garden and then don't miss a visit to The Octagon.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Parks
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Dunedin Chinese Garden ©
Dunedin Chinese Garden

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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 Tekapo, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Mount John University Observatory, and other attractions you added. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip maker.

You can drive from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Spas
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

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