17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Greymouth
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
9
Punakaiki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
10
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  6​h 30​min
11
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 18th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Christchurch is 4 hours. While traveling from Singapore, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

1
night
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, browse the exhibits of The Giants House, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Akaroa trip planning tool .

You can drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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 20th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lake Tekapo trip planner .

You can drive from Akaroa to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Off-Road Tours

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night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Red Tarns Track.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village road trip planner .

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

1
night
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get interesting insight from Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ben Lomond Track, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally don't miss a visit to William Gilbert Rees Statue.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roys Bay Recreational Reserve, and then hike along Roys Peak Track.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre. Keep things going the next day: trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Franz Josef tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Wanaka to Franz Josef by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Helicopter Tours

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hours
Greymouth

Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Start your trip to Greymouth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Greymouth in an hour. You will leave for Akaroa on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks 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. On the 28th (Tue), trek along Truman Track, hike along Pororari River Track, trek along Fox River Cave Walk, don't miss a visit to Mitchells Gully Gold Mine, then Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Punakaiki trip planner.

You can drive from Greymouth to Punakaiki in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mitchells Gully Gold Mine
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pororari River Track ©
Pororari River Track

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
On the 29th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch road trip site .

Traveling by car from Punakaiki to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Museums
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then admire the sheer force of Bowen Falls. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kepler Track and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Christchurch to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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