14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Christchurch
— Few hours
2
Kaikoura
— 1 night
3
Blenheim
— 1 night
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
5
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
6
Akaroa
— 1 night
7
Timaru
— 1 night
8
Oamaru
— Few hours
9
Moeraki
— 1 night
10
Dunedin
— 1 night
11
Kaka Point
— Few hours
12
Papatowai
— 1 night
13
Kingston
— 1 night
14
Queenstown
— 1 night
15
Queenstown
— 1 night

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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.
To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Christchurch. In October, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Ohau Stream Walk has been added to your itinerary.

For photos and tourist information, use the Kaikoura journey planning website.

Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese

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night
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 18th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries, thenidentify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, and then get outside with Tirohanga Track.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Blenheim trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Blenheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Picton
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Tirohanga Track ©
Tirohanga Track
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary
Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries ©
Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries

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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 (Mon): stroll around Moncrieff Reserve, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Tasman Great Taste Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natureland Zoo, thenhead outdoors with SUPSTAR, thenkick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Railway Reserve.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nelson trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Blenheim to Nelson in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tasman Great Taste Trail, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach

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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.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill, cruise along Rainbow Road, and then take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hanmer Springs tour planning site.

You can drive from Nelson to Hanmer Springs in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature Parks Spas
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

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night
Akaroa

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 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hinewai Reserve and then stop by Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Akaroa route planner.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Akaroa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists ©

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night
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes EnkleDooVery Korna. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart Basilica, identify plant and animal life at Otipua Wetland, thenstroll through Caroline Bay Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at EnkleDooVery Korna.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Timaru sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Timaru takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Timaru

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

EnkleDooVery Korna
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Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
Sacred Heart Basilica ©
Sacred Heart Basilica

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Oamaru

Oamaru
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): hike along Bushy Beach Track.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oamaru day trip website.

Traveling by car from Timaru to Oamaru takes 1.5 hours. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moeraki.

Things to do in Oamaru

Outdoors Trails Parks
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night
Moeraki

Moeraki ©
Moeraki is a small fishing village on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Shag Point Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Matanaka Farm Building, thenadmire all the interesting features of Waikouaiti Beach, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Katiki Point Lighthouse.

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

Getting from Oamaru to Moeraki by car takes about an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Dunedin.

Things to do in Moeraki

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Waikouaiti, Shag Point Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
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Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve ©
Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve
Shag Point Nature Reserve ©
Shag Point Nature Reserve
Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Karitane Beach, stroll through Huriawa Pa Walk, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach, and finally trek along Sandfly Bay Track.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Moeraki to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kaka Point.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Huriawa Pa Walk
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Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Karitane Beach ©
Karitane Beach

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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): trek along Tunnel Hill and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jacks Blowhole Track.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kaka Point trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Dunedin to Kaka Point in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Papatowai.

Things to do in Kaka Point

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Jacks Blowhole Track, Tunnel Hill
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Tunnel Hill ©
Tunnel Hill

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Papatowai

Papatowai ©
Papatowai is a small settlement in the Catlins ward of the Clutha District of the southeastern South Island of New Zealand. You've now added Cathedral Caves Walk to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cathedral Caves Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Papatowai Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Florence Hill Lookout.

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

You can drive from Kaka Point to Papatowai in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Kingston.

Things to do in Papatowai

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cathedral Caves Walk
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
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Florence Hill Lookout ©
Florence Hill Lookout
Cathedral Caves Walk ©
Cathedral Caves Walk

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Kingston

Kingston ©
Kingston is a small town at the southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu, just north of the border of Otago and Southland, in New Zealand's South Island. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Craft Keepers and then experience rural life at Real Country.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kingston travel planner.

You can drive from Papatowai to Kingston in 3 hours. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Kingston

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Craft Keepers
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Craft Keepers ©
Craft Keepers
Real Country ©
Real Country

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, and then explore the activities along Moke Lake.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Queenstown tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Kingston to Queenstown in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Moke Lake ©
Moke Lake
Fallen Soldiers Memorial ©
Fallen Soldiers Memorial

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Queenstown

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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

On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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