15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  4​h
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Milford
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step out of the city life by going to Hinewai Reserve and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists. Step out of Christchurch to go to Akaroa and see French Peak Wines, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Port Hills, pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, and don't miss a visit to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip maker site .

Auckland to Christchurch is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in July, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Hanmer Springs Animal Park, view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, and then take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hanmer Springs online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest
Spas

2
nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, and finally stop by Kaikoura Cheese. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Mount Lyford Alpine Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk, and then take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mount Lyford Alpine Resort
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Appreciate the collections at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum and Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Visiting Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Sealy Tarns Track will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Mount John Summit Circuit Track (in Lake Tekapo) and Fairlie (Gem Alpaca Stud & Burkes Pass Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kea Point Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Fantail Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Tasman Glacier, and trek along Glencoe Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Kaikoura to Mt. Cook Village in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fairlie, Tasman Glacier, Fantail Falls, Mount John Summit Circuit Track
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

3
nights
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.
Visiting Shag Point Nature Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre and Grainstore Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dunedin day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Dunedin in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre, Grainstore Gallery, Shag Point Nature Reserve
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

1
night
Milford

Milford
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Milford day trip website .

Explore your travel options from Dunedin to Milford with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Milford can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Milford

Parks Fun & Games Tours
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