15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Manapouri
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then trek along Queen Charlotte Track.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Picton online trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Picton is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Picton, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Picton: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

1
night
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, then grab your bike and head to Wither Hills Mountainbike Park, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Blenheim trip maker website .

Blenheim is just a stone's throw from Picton. In November, daytime highs in Blenheim are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Museums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Wither Hills Mountainbike Park ©
Wither Hills Mountainbike Park

1
night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, stop by Kaikoura Cheese, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally hike along Ohau Stream Walk.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kaikoura day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch day trip planner .

Take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then get curious at Otago Museum, then steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to The Royal Albatross Centre, then revel in the low prices at Happy Hens, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): trek along Gertrude Saddle and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manapouri.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

1
night
Manapouri

Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by Wild Wool Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Manapouri Lake, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manapouri online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Manapouri with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Manapouri

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Manapouri Lake ©
Manapouri Lake
Wild Wool Gallery ©
Wild Wool Gallery

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): putt your heart out at Crossfire Wanaka, have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World, then learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Manapouri to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games Parks Nature
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Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Crossfire Wanaka ©
Crossfire Wanaka

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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