17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 1 night
2
Akaroa
— 1 night
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
6
Wanaka
— 2 nights
7
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
8
Greymouth
— Few hours
9
Punakaiki
— 1 night
10
Christchurch
— 1 night
11
Te Anau
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planning website.

Singapore, Singapore to Christchurch is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. When traveling from Singapore in January, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Christchurch: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Akaroa journey planning website.

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

Things to do in Akaroa

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

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and finally explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Lake Tekapo takes 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 Tours

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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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

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

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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): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get interesting insight from Tours, thenidentify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Ben Lomond Track, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thenrace across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally don't miss a visit to William Gilbert Rees Statue.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Roys Bay Recreational Reserve, and then stroll through Roys Peak Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wanaka holiday maker website.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 3 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

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

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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.
On the 26th (Sun), go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenexplore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre. On the next day, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef day trip planning tool.

Getting from Wanaka to Franz Josef by bus takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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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. To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Greymouth trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth in 2.5 hours. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Truman Track, hike along Pororari River Track, hike along Fox River Cave Walk, thendon't miss a visit to Mitchells Gully Gold Mine, thenHead underground at Punakaiki Cavern, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Punakaiki day trip planner.

Drive from Greymouth to Punakaiki in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Trails Outdoors

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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, thenexamine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, thendon't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Punakaiki to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Museums
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bowen Falls. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kepler Track and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can fly 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 time for travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

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

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