15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Whanganui
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
5
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Nelson
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3 h
7
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Queenstown

4
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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Te Anau (Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, &more) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and stop by Outside Sports.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Anau, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
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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 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then trek along Tunnel Beach Track, and then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Dunedin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington visit planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Virginia Lake, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bason Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Whanganui War Memorial Centre, and finally stroll around Kowhai Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Te Manawa, then look for gifts at Waireka Honey Centre, then see the interesting displays at Whanganui Regional Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at War Memorial Tower.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Whanganui trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whanganui takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Palmerston North
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Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Kowhai Park ©
Kowhai Park
Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then stroll through Queen Charlotte Track.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Picton using our trip planner.

Drive from Whanganui to Picton in 6 hours. In April, daytime highs in Picton are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

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night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 23rd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tahunanui Beach, then examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Vortex Wind Karting.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nelson online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Picton to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Vortex Wind Karting ©
Vortex Wind Karting

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nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, get your game on at Velocity Karts, steep yourself in history at Ferrymead Heritage Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nelson to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Christchurch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Transportation
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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