9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Twizel
— 1 night
Drive
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
4
Amberley
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Bus
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Picton
— 1 night
Drive
7
Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

1
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Twizel

You've now added Glacier Explorers to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Twizel trip planning site.

You can drive from Queenstown to Twizel in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Twizel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo day trip planner.

Drive from Twizel to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Amberley.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

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Amberley

Amberley is a town located in the Hurunui District in north Canterbury, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. You've now added Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amberley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Amberley takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Amberley are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Amberley

Spas · Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

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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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Amberley to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

1
night
Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Picton trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

1
night
Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary site.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.