20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Christchurch
— 3 nights
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.
Planning Christchurch trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Christchurch. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola

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nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fyffe House. On the 24th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Fyffe House and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kaikoura, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Nelson.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony
Fyffe House ©
Fyffe House

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night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll around Founders Park, then make a trip to Centre of New Zealand, and then admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelson travel route planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kaikoura to Nelson in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks
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Founders Park ©
Founders Park
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand
Queen's Gardens ©
Queen's Gardens

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Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk and then trek along Cape Foulwind Walkway.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Westport trip app .

You can drive from Nelson to Westport in 3.5 hours. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toFox Glacier.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
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Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Hooker Valley Track, stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier day trip planner.

You can drive from Westport to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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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 2nd (Thu): get your game on at Dark Ride, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, and finally get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Garden ©
Queenstown Garden
Fear Factory Queenstown ©
Fear Factory Queenstown

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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 3rd (Fri): make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Otago Peninsula.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin vacation maker tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Dunedin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), you're off toLake Tekapo.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home
The World's Steepest Street ©
The World's Steepest Street

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nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, and finally explore the activities along Lake Tekapo. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook and then explore the activities along Lake Pukaki.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo attractions 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Enjoy Christchurch some more: don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, walk around Hagley Park, steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, and see the interesting displays at Quake City.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Hagley Park ©
Hagley Park
Quake City ©
Quake City

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