23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Perth
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Nelson
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Haast
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Wanaka
— 2 nights
car:  2 h 30 min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Manapouri
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Timaru
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Perth

2
nights
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 4th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary planning website.

Perth, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Christchurch is 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Perth in October, with highs in Christchurch at 20°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Chalice Sculpture ©
Chalice Sculpture

2
nights
Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On your second day here, do a tasting at Cloudy Bay and then see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Blenheim trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Blenheim by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Christchurch in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Blenheim, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cloudy Bay ©
Cloudy Bay
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

3
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours, Stilwell Bay and Sprig & Fern Tavern. Venture out of the city with trips to Abel Tasman National Park (Wainui Falls Track, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, &more) and Riwaka (Riwaka River Estate & Hop Federation). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nelson tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Blenheim to Nelson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Abel Tasman National Park, Riwaka
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Stilwell Bay ©
Stilwell Bay
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours ©
Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. You've now added The Old Ghost Road to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, thenstroll through Cape Foulwind Walkway, and then take in the pleasant sights at The Old Ghost Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Westport trip builder site.

You can drive from Nelson to Westport in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track. On the next day, trek along Sentinel Rock Walk, thenadmire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier, and then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Franz Josef trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Franz Josef takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Haast.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

1
night
Haast

Haast ©
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Haast online travel route planner.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Haast in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Haast

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Haast Pass, Fantail Falls
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Fantail Falls ©
Fantail Falls
Haast Pass ©
Haast Pass
Roaring Billy Falls ©
Roaring Billy Falls

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World, learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Roys Peak Track.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Haast to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Helicopter Tours. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): walk around Village Green, thenidentify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, and then get your game on at iFLY Queenstown.

Plan trip to Queenstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Manapouri.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

1
night
Manapouri

Manapouri
Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manapouri trip planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Manapouri in 2.5 hours. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Invercargill.

Things to do in Manapouri

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

2
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, thenpause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue, and then admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Dig This Invercargill, thensee the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, thenstroll around Queens Park, and finally delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Invercargill day trip site.

Getting from Manapouri to Invercargill by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Classic Motorcycle Mecca ©
Classic Motorcycle Mecca
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
Dig This Invercargill ©
Dig This Invercargill

1
night
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 21st (Wed): engage your brain at Otago Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Bellamys Gallery, thenget some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally make a trip to The Royal Albatross Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Invercargill to Dunedin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

1
night
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. On the 23rd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, examine the collection at South Canterbury Museum, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Caroline Bay Beach, and finally relax in the rural setting at Blueberry Haven.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Timaru trip planning website.

Getting from Dunedin to Timaru by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Te Ana Maori Rock Art ©
Te Ana Maori Rock Art
Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
South Canterbury Museum ©
South Canterbury Museum

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
On the 24th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, thentake an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Diminish and Ascend.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by car from Timaru to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola

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