13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  3​h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Arrowtown
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Glenorchy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Lake Hawea
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
11
Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Nelson
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Wellington

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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 8th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens and then hop aboard TranzAlpine Train.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner .

Wellington to Christchurch is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in April, Christchurch is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo route planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Burkes Pass Gallery
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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

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then trek along Hooker Valley Track, and then hike along Kea Point Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can 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

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

1
night
Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
Hello! This is Arrowtown - the much visited, much loved, 4-season, southern hemisphere holiday destination, located only 15mins drive from the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. On the 12th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kawarau Suspension Bridge, tee off at Millbrook Resort Golf Course, then head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, and finally stop by The Stitching Post.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arrowtown holiday builder website .

Arrowtown is just a short distance from Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Golf Shopping

Side Trip

Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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The Stitching Post ©
The Stitching Post
Kawarau Suspension Bridge ©
Kawarau Suspension Bridge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Arrowtown to Te Anau takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Glenorchy.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

1
night
Glenorchy

Glenorchy ©
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Mrs Woolly's General Store, relax in the rural setting at Glenorchy Animal Experience, then take in the waterfront at Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk, then make a trip to Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve, and finally admire the natural beauty at Little Paradise Dream Garden.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Glenorchy trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Glenorchy with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Glenorchy

Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Little Paradise Dream Garden
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Mrs Woolly's General Store ©
Mrs Woolly's General Store
Glenorchy Animal Experience ©
Glenorchy Animal Experience
Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk ©
Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Mount Iron Track, hit the slopes at Wanaka, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glenorchy to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lake Hawea.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Lake Hawea

Lake Hawea ©
On the 16th (Thu), hit the slopes at Treble Cone, take some stellar pictures from Lake Hawea Lookout, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hawea.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Lake Hawea trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Lake Hawea. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Lake Hawea

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Treble Cone, Lake Hawea Lookout
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Lake Hawea ©
Lake Hawea
Lake Hawea Lookout ©
Lake Hawea Lookout
Treble Cone ©
Treble Cone

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, then hike along Peters Pool Walk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Franz Josef itinerary planner.

Getting from Lake Hawea to Franz Josef by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk

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day
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.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track and then trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Franz Josef to Abel Tasman National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track

1
night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Nelson Provincial Museum, stop by Page and Blackmore Booksellers, see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson journey builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Shopping Parks
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Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand

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