15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Picton
Bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Bus:  7​h 30​min
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
6
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Christchurch

2
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Split Apple Rock, Ngarua Caves, Kaiteriteri Beach, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): Head underground at Ngarua Caves.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Abel Tasman National Park trip planning app .

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
Ngarua Caves ©
Ngarua Caves
Split Apple Rock ©
Split Apple Rock

2
nights
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.
To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Franz Josef trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Franz Josef with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

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

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka day trip planning website .

Take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Trails
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Ruby's Cinema ©
Ruby's Cinema

3
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.
You've added Dark Ride, Thrillzone, Below Zero Ice Bar, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 45 min away.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time 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
Below Zero Ice Bar ©
Below Zero Ice Bar

1
night
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.
For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Chinese Garden and then don't miss a visit to The Octagon.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dunedin attractions planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Dunedin by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
The Octagon ©
The Octagon

3
nights
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 your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

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

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