16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— Few hours
2
Taupo
— 1 night
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
4
Blenheim
— 1 night
5
Nelson
— 2 nights
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Westport
— 1 night
7
Hokitika
— 1 night
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
9
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
10
Kaikoura
— 1 night
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Picton
— 1 night
12
Palmerston North
— 1 night
13
New Plymouth
— 1 night
14
Hamilton
— 1 night
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Auckland
— Few hours

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Auckland

Auckland
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will leave for Taupo on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and then test your team's savvy at The Locked Room.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

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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 27th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get great views at Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stop by Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts, then examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, and then learn about winemaking at Seresin Estate Limited.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Blenheim journey planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Blenheim in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Seresin Estate Limited
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts ©
Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts
Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries ©
Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Cable Bay Adventure Park, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens. On your second day here, examine the collection at Nelson Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nelson vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Cable Bay Adventure Park ©
Cable Bay Adventure Park
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum

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Westport

Westport ©
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Coast Brewery and then go for a walk through The Old Ghost Road.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Westport trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Nelson to Westport in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
West Coast Brewery ©
West Coast Brewery

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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 3rd (Sat): explore the galleries of Wilderness Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, stop by Traditional Jade Co, then look for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, and finally take an unforgettable tour with Precision Helicopters Hokitika.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hokitika trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Westport to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

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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 4th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Christchurch online tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Hokitika to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Margaret Mahy Family Playground

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, then get some thrills on the water with Hanmer Springs Attractions, and then take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Hanmer Springs Attractions ©
Hanmer Springs Attractions

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 7th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, then browse the exhibits of EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and then examine the collection at The National Whale Centre.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Picton trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Picton sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Te Manawa and then take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Esplanade Gardens.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palmerston North driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Picton to Palmerston North takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Picton in October, you will find days in Palmerston North are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll around Tupare, then make a trip to Clock Tower, then take in the exciting artwork at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and finally go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Palmerston North to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip app.

Drive from New Plymouth to Hamilton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Victoria on the River ©
Victoria on the River

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Auckland

Auckland
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hamilton to Auckland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

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