15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Tauranga
— 1 night
2
Blenheim
— 1 night
3
Kaikoura
— 1 night
4
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
5
Hokitika
— 1 night
6
Franz Josef
— 1 night
7
Queenstown
— 1 night
8
Te Anau
— 1 night
9
Dunedin
— 1 night
10
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
11
Christchurch
— 2 nights
12
Wellington
— 1 night
13
New Plymouth
— 1 night

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at McLaren Falls Park, thenkick back and relax at Pilot Bay, thenhike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga journey planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Tauranga. In July in Tauranga, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park

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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Wither Hills Mountainbike Park, examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, stop by Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts, thencontemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, thenget outside with Tirohanga Track, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Blenheim trip planner.

Getting from Tauranga to Blenheim by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Blenheim are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Picton
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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fyffe House, take in the exciting artwork at Art & Design Gallery, Head underground at Maori Leap Cave, thentake an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum, and finally look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura travel planner.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Museums Shopping Parks
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Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum
Fyffe House ©
Fyffe House
Art & Design Gallery ©
Art & Design Gallery

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stop by The Decadent Fudge Company, thenmake a trip to Queen Mary Hospital, thencruise along Rainbow Road, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Queen Mary Hospital ©
Queen Mary Hospital

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, thenstop by Garth Wilson Jade, and finally snap pictures at Taramakau Road-Rail Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hokitika sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Hokitika in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Greymouth
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Hokitika Craft Gallery ©
Hokitika Craft Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Canavan's Knob Walk, have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, hike along Terrace Walk, thenidentify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, thentake in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Franz Josef trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Terrace Walk ©
Terrace Walk
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): trek along Ben Lomond Track, trek along Tiki Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Thrillzone Queenstown, and finally get your game on at iFLY Queenstown.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planning website.

Drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Thrillzone Queenstown ©
Thrillzone Queenstown
Tiki Trail ©
Tiki Trail

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, thenstop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Dunedin Beach, kick back and relax at St Clair Beach, thentrek along Sandfly Bay Track, thenget some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dunedin tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Dunedin Beach ©
Dunedin Beach
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
St Clair Beach ©
St Clair Beach

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, identify plant and animal life at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, thenget outside with AquaNorts, and finally stop by Aotea Gifts Tekapo.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo road trip planning site.

Drive from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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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 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), admire all the interesting features of Godley Head, thentake a stroll through Port Hills, thenkick back and relax at Corsair Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), thenexplore and take pictures at Mona Vale, and finally steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip app.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, trek along Wellington City Walkways, thensee Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, thenstroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, and finally get great views at Wright's Hill.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in July, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery ©

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through Oakura Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach, thenview the masterpieces at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, thenstop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally trek along Te Henui Walkway.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oakura Beach
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Te Henui Walkway ©
Te Henui Walkway
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre ©
Giles Chocolatier ©
Giles Chocolatier

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