14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Nelson
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  31 h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and Port Hills. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Akaroa (The Garden at French Farm, Akaroa Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay, make a trip to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Christchurch International Airport. In February in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum

2
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 14th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, look for all kinds of wild species at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, then trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, and finally stop by Aotea Gifts Tekapo. Keep things going the next day: hike along Peninsula Walkway and then hit the slopes at Roundhill Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Lake Tekapo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve ©
Aotea Gifts Tekapo ©
Aotea Gifts Tekapo

1
night
Nelson

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 16th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, then view the masterpieces at Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, then grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at South Street Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nelson journey planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Nelson by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery ©

2
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, then head outdoors with Sounds Air, and finally admire all the interesting features of Picton Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, then see the interesting displays at Omaka Classic cars, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Blenheim day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Nelson to Blenheim takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Blenheim are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Blenheim

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Picton, Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Omaka Classic cars ©
Omaka Classic cars
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Kawatiri River Trail, then go for a walk through Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, and then see the interesting displays at Hector Country Music Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mitchells Gully Gold Mine and then explore the striking landscape of Paparoa National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Blenheim to Westport in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Paparoa National Park, Hector Country Music Museum, Mitchells Gully Gold Mine
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
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Paparoa National Park ©
Paparoa National Park
Hector Country Music Museum ©
Hector Country Music Museum
Mitchells Gully Gold Mine ©
Mitchells Gully Gold Mine

3
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, trek along Sealy Tarns Track, then stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally trek along Peters Pool Walk. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track, trek along Moraine Walk, then stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Franz Josef online road trip planner.

Getting from Westport to Franz Josef by car takes about 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Sealy Tarns Track
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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