15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Detroit
Fly:  26 h
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Nelson
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 45 min
3
Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  31 h
End: Detroit

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, then have fun at Velocity Karts, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Corsair Bay, wander the streets of Port Hills, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally stroll around Riccarton House & Bush.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip app.

Detroit, USA to Christchurch is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Christchurch is 17 hours. In January, Christchurch is much hotter than Detroit - with highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

3
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaiteriteri Beach and Tahunanui Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nelson Provincial Museum and Christ Church Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Nelson side-trips: Ngarua Caves (in Motueka), Riwaka River Estate (in Riwaka) and Riwaka Resurgence (in Kahurangi National Park). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Rotoiti, step off the mainland to explore Rabbit island, get outside with SUPSTAR, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson route maker site.

Fly from Christchurch to Nelson in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ngarua Caves, Riwaka River Estate, Riwaka Resurgence, Lake Rotoiti, Kaiteriteri Beach
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Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Ngarua Caves ©
Ngarua Caves
Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach

3
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Step out of the city life by going to Queen Charlotte Sound and Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Let the collections at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and Omaka Classic cars capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Picton Sound, learn about winemaking at Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen, relax in the rural setting at Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries, and stroll around Pollard Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Blenheim tour builder site.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Nelson to Blenheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Blenheim are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Picton, Renwick, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Omaka Classic cars ©
Omaka Classic cars

2
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 24th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at The Old Ghost Road and then trek along Truman Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Charming Creek Walkway, examine the collection at Coaltown Museum, then trek along Pororari River Track, and finally hike along Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Westport trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Blenheim to Westport in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Punakaiki, Charming Creek Walkway
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The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Charming Creek Walkway ©
Charming Creek Walkway
Truman Track ©
Truman Track

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 26th (Sun), go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, then hike along Peters Pool Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then stroll through Kea Point Track, and then trek along Sealy Tarns Track.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef road trip planning website.

Getting from Westport to Franz Josef by car takes about 4 hours. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fox Glacier
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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