7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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7 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Westport
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Westport
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
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Methven
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Ashburton
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
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Cromwell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Invercargill
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Westport

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Westport

Westport
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Westport trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Westport. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Methven.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Methven

Methven ©
Methven is a small town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Coleridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Methven online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Westport to Methven takes 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Methven can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ashburton.

Things to do in Methven

Nature Parks
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Lake Coleridge ©
Lake Coleridge

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Ashburton

Ashburton ©
Ashburton or Hakatere is a large town in the Canterbury Region, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Smithfield Berries.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ashburton online travel planner .

Ashburton is just a short distance from Methven. In December, daily temperatures in Ashburton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cromwell.
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Smithfield Berries ©
Smithfield Berries

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Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): walk around Bannockburn Sluicings Walks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cromwell tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Ashburton to Cromwell in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Cromwell

Parks Museums
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Cheeki Cherries ©
Cheeki Cherries

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Invercargill trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cromwell to Invercargill in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cathedral Caves Walk, Maple Glen Gardens
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Maple Glen Gardens ©
Maple Glen Gardens
Demolition World ©
Demolition World
Cathedral Caves Walk ©
Cathedral Caves Walk

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Wanaka

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): hike along Isthmus Peak Track, head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co., and then see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka road trip website .

Traveling by bus from Invercargill to Wanaka takes 4 hours. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Trails Parks
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