16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Turangi
— 1 night
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
3
Nelson
— 2 nights
4
Westport
— 1 night
5
Hokitika
— 1 night
6
Darfield
— 1 night
7
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
9
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
10
Kaikoura
— 1 night
11
Picton
— 1 night
12
Whanganui
— 1 night
13
Hamilton
— 1 night

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Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Tongariro River Trail has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Tongariro River Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turangi trip itinerary planner.

Auckland to Turangi is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Tongariro River Trail ©
Tongariro River Trail

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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.
You've added Frank Kitts Park, Civic Square, New Zealand Parliament, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Mount Victoria, learn something new at Weta Workshop, then make a trip to Civic Square, and finally walk around Frank Kitts Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder tool.

Getting from Turangi to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Classes · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament
Mount Victoria ©
Mount Victoria

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens, examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Pethybridge Rose Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nelson vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kaiteriteri Beach, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Pethybridge Rose Garden
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Queen's Gardens ©
Queen's Gardens
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
World of WearableArt & Classic Car 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 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Denniston Heritage Trust.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Westport trip planner.

Getting from Nelson to Westport by car takes about 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Hokitika.

Things to do in Westport

Museums
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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. On the 2nd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk and then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, then contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Hokitika Craft Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bonz 'N Stonz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hokitika trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Westport to Hokitika in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Darfield.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Shantytown Heritage Park
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

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Darfield

Darfield
Darfield is a town in the Selwyn District of the South Island of New Zealand. To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Darfield itinerary planner.

Getting from Hokitika to Darfield by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Darfield are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Darfield

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo day trip app.

You can drive from Darfield to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Burkes Pass Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:
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Off-Road Tours
Helicopter Tours

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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.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, then take a stroll around The Arts Centre, and then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch road trip planning app.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

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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 6th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with Hanmer Springs Attractions, take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill, and then take a pleasant ride with Hanmer Horse Trekking.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs online itinerary planner.

Drive from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Horse Trekking ©
Hanmer Horse Trekking
Hanmer Springs Attractions ©
Hanmer Springs Attractions

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Kaikoura Cheese, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese

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Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Picton online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Whanganui.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Virginia Lake and then appreciate the history behind War Memorial Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whanganui trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Picton to Whanganui in 6 hours. Traveling from Picton in October, you will find days in Whanganui are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Sarjeant Gallery ©
Sarjeant Gallery
Whanganui Regional Museum ©
Whanganui Regional Museum

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton attractions planner.

You can drive from Whanganui to Hamilton in 4.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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