21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Dunedin
— Few hours
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Geraldine
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura
— 3 nights
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Havelock
— 4 nights
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Nelson
— 4 nights
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Murchison
— 2 nights
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Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights

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Dunedin

Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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.
For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Dunedin. You'll set off for Geraldine on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

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Geraldine

Geraldine ©
Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, identify plant and animal life at Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, then look and learn at Geraldine Observatory, and finally examine the collection at The Giant Jersey.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Geraldine trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Dunedin to Geraldine in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Kaikoura on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Geraldine

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum ©
Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fyffe House, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then Head underground at Maori Leap Cave.

Planning Kaikoura trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Geraldine to Kaikoura in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll set off for Havelock on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

4
nights
Havelock

Havelock is a coastal village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Havelock is known for adventure, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, browse the exhibits of The Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Havelock Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Havelock trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Havelock in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in Havelock are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to Nelson.

Things to do in Havelock

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door

4
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Nelson

Nelson ©

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelson: Riwaka River Estate (in Riwaka) and Kaiteriteri Beach (in Kaiteriteri). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, sample the fine beverages at Liquid Alchemy, get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, and grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nelson, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Havelock to Nelson in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Murchison on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Founders Park ©
Founders Park
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand

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Murchison

Murchison ©
Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 23rd (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Rotoiti. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Murchison Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get in on the family fun at Buller Gorge Swing Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Murchison vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Murchison takes 2.5 hours. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Murchison

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Buller Gorge Swing Bridge ©
Buller Gorge Swing Bridge
Murchison Museum ©
Murchison Museum

2
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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, stop by The Decadent Fudge Company, take in the exciting artwork at Majuba Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and finally take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanmer Springs trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Murchison to Hanmer Springs takes 2.5 hours. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

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 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. On the next day, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online route maker.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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