14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Dunedin
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kaka Point
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Punakaiki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
11
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Christchurch

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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.
For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. February in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Lake Tekapo on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and then take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo day trip website .

Drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dunedin.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Burkes Pass Gallery
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

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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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens and then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaka Point.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Museums
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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Kaka Point

Kaka Point ©
Kaka Point is a small settlement at the northern edge of The Catlins, an area of the southern South Island of New Zealand. To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kaka Point holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Kaka Point takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Kaka Point

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nugget Point Lighthouse, Nugget Point/Tokata Walks, Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre
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Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse

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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 11th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary site .

Getting from Dunedin to Te Anau by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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Queenstown

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 13th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip maker .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Zipline

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night
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.
Glacier Hot Pools has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier and then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Franz Josef online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Franz Josef takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours Spas Parks

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Helicopter Tours
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Glacier Hot Pools ©
Glacier Hot Pools

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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. For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Punakaiki trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Punakaiki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nelson.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 17th (Mon), make a trip to Centre of New Zealand, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and then head outdoors with SUPSTAR.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson road trip site .

Getting from Punakaiki to Nelson by car takes about 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Picton.

Things to do in Nelson

Historic Sites Outdoors
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Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, examine the collection at The National Whale Centre, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Picton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nelson to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Nature Museums
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Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then do a tasting at Framingham Wines.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Blenheim using our trip planner.

Blenheim is just a short distance from Picton. In February, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Hanmer Forest.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hanmer Springs trip website.

You can do a combination of train and car from Blenheim to Hanmer Springs in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Nature Shopping
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Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Majuba Gallery ©
Majuba Gallery

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