46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Wellington
— Few hours
2
Nelson
— 2 nights
3
Akaroa
— 3 nights
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights
5
Hokitika
— 1 night
6
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
7
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
8
Lake Tekapo
— 4 nights
9
Wanaka
— 2 nights
10
Arrowtown
— 1 night
11
Queenstown
— 3 nights
12
Te Anau
— 1 night
13
Dunedin
— 2 nights
14
Oamaru
— 20 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition and then wander the streets of Cuba Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online vacation planner.

Auckland to Wellington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in August, Wellington is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

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Nelson

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Liquid Alchemy, kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, thenlook for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, and finally take in the exciting artwork at South Street Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelson day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Nelson

Breweries & Distilleries Tours Wineries
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith ©
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith
Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Somers, admire the natural beauty at Garden of Tane, learn about winemaking at French Peak Wines, thentake in nature's colorful creations at The Garden at French Farm, thenlook for gifts at Little River Gallery, and finally play a few rounds at Akaroa Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Giants House, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, thendo a tasting at Meniscus Wines, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Akaroa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Akaroa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Little River Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little River Gallery ©
Little River Gallery
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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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.
Do your shopping at The Arts Centre and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Take a break from Christchurch with a short trip to Waipara Springs Winery in Waipara, about 1h 5 min away. On the 4th (Fri), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery, and get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch attractions planner.

Drive from Akaroa to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums

Side Trip

Waipara Springs Winery
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Waipara Springs Winery ©
Waipara Springs Winery
Pegasus Bay Winery ©
Pegasus Bay Winery

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): head outdoors with Glow Worm Dell, enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, thenmake a trip to Hokitika Town Clock, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company, thenstop by Garth Wilson Jade, and finally stroll through Tunnel Terrace Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika holiday website.

Fly from Christchurch to Hokitika in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Greymouth
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

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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.
Discover how to plan a Fox Glacier trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hokitika to Fox Glacier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You've now added Kea Point Track to your itinerary. On the 9th (Wed), explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, thenfly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and finally hike along Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, trek along Kea Point Track, thentrek along Governors Bush Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Tarns Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation planning site.

Explore your travel options from Fox Glacier to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Three Creeks and Totara Peak Gallery. Visiting Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Tekapo side-trips: Memorial to James Mackenzie (in Fairlie), New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and High Country Salmon (in Twizel). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Burkes Pass Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo journey tool.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fairlie, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, Totara Peak Gallery, High Country Salmon, Three Creeks
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Off-Road Tours
Three Creeks ©
Three Creeks

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Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, thenglide through natural beauty at Snow Farm NZ, thenlearn about winemaking at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, and finally trek along Mount Iron Track. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wanaka sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Snow Farm NZ ©
Snow Farm NZ

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then play a few rounds at Millbrook Resort Golf Course.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown day trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Golf Outdoors Museums
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Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
Spas

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Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nzone Skydive. Step out of the city life by going to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and view the masterpieces at Ivan Clarke Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary planner.

Queenstown is just a stone's throw from Arrowtown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Winter Sports Nature Outdoors
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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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 22nd (Tue): get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, thenplay a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, and then look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Golf Outdoors Shopping
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Te Anau Golf Club ©
Te Anau Golf Club
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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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.
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Oamaru on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, Moeraki Boulders Beach and Oamaru i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. For shopping fun, head to Presence on Harbour or Art On Tyne.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oamaru trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Dunedin to Oamaru in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Oamaru

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Steampunk HQ ©
Steampunk HQ
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony ©
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
Presence on Harbour ©
Presence on Harbour

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