15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
10
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
11
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
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 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

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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 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown online visit planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

1
night
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 25th (Tue), enjoy some diversion at Dig This Invercargill, don't miss a visit to Burt Munro Statue, and then take a memorable drive along Southern Scenic Route.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Invercargill online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Invercargill takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Dig This Invercargill ©
Dig This Invercargill

1
night
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 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and finally step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dunedin trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Invercargill to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Dunedin

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

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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 27th (Thu): go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo online visit planner .

Getting from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Franz Josef takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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night
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 off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Garth Wilson Jade, hike along Woods Creek Track, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, then stroll through Coal Creek Track, and finally don't miss a visit to Brunner Mine Site Walk.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Greymouth online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Greymouth

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Coal Creek Track
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Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Garth Wilson Jade ©
Garth Wilson Jade
Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track

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night
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park ©
On the 30th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils Punchbowl Walking Track and then trek along Avalanche Peak Route.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arthur's Pass National Park trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Greymouth to Arthur's Pass National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Avalanche Peak Route ©
Avalanche Peak Route

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Christchurch. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 1st (Tue), trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then hike along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, and then explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Picton trip planner .

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Picton sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Framingham Wines
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

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nights
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and finally get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip site .

You can drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. June in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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