9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  1​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Twizel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Amberley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Kaikoura
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
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Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Twizel

Twizel ©
Glacier Explorers has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Twizel online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Twizel takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Wildlife Tours Nature

Side Trips

Glacier Explorers, Lake Pukaki
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Glacier Explorers ©
Glacier Explorers
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo route builder site .

Traveling by car from Twizel to Lake Tekapo takes an hour. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Amberley.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Historic Sites
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The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

1
night
Amberley

Amberley ©
Amberley is a town located in the Hurunui District in north Canterbury, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): do a tasting at Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Amberley day trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Amberley in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Amberley sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Amberley

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©

1
night
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 Whale Watch Kaikoura. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura trip planner .

Traveling by car from Amberley to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Whale Watch Kaikoura ©
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

1
night
Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Picton day trip app .

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 9th (Sat), you're off toWellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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1
night
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.
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Picton to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
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