16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— Few hours
2
Turangi
— 1 night
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
5
Westport
— 1 night
6
Hokitika
— 1 night
7
Springfield
— 1 night
8
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
10
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
11
Kaikoura
— 1 night
12
Picton
— 1 night
13
Whanganui
— 1 night
14
Hamilton
— 1 night
15
Auckland
— Few hours

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hours
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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Auckland route site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Turangi on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

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night
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turangi vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Turangi takes 4 hours. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Wellington.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
Wellington

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at National War Memorial and then get great views at Wellington Cable Car.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turangi to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at Cable Bay Adventure Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiteriteri Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nelson day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Nelson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You will leave for Westport on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kaiteriteri Beach
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cable Bay Adventure Park ©
Cable Bay Adventure Park
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 1st (Thu), hike along Cape Foulwind Walkway.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Westport online trip planner.

Getting from Nelson to Westport by car takes about 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
West Coast Brewery ©
West Coast Brewery

1
night
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hokitika Beach.

Plan my day in Hokitika using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Westport to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Springfield.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

1
night
Springfield

Springfield ©
Springfield is a small town in the Selwyn District of Canterbury, in the South Island, of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Porters Ski Area and then get some thrills on the water with Alpine Jet Thrills.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Springfield itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hokitika to Springfield by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Springfield can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Springfield

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Porters Ski Area ©
Porters Ski Area

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): experience rural life at New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then trek along Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Tekapo and then get a new perspective on things with Tekapo Jet.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo trip planner.

Drive from Springfield to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Tekapo Jet ©
Tekapo Jet

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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night
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get interesting insight from Hanmer Horse Trekking, view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, then get some thrills on the water with Hanmer Springs Attractions, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Horse Trekking ©
Hanmer Horse Trekking
Hanmer Springs Attractions ©
Hanmer Springs Attractions
Majuba Gallery ©
Majuba Gallery

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night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 7th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Ohau Stream Walk.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura travel route planner.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan my Picton trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound

1
night
Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wanganui Winter Garden and then explore the activities along Virginia Lake.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Whanganui trip planner.

You can drive from Picton to Whanganui in 6 hours. Traveling from Picton in October, you will find days in Whanganui are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Wanganui Winter Garden ©
Wanganui Winter Garden

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night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Waikato Museum and then glide peacefully along the water with The Boatshed Kayaks.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton trip maker tool.

Drive from Whanganui to Hamilton in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

The Boatshed Kayaks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
The Boatshed Kayaks ©
The Boatshed Kayaks

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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