17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Nelson
— 4 nights
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Blenheim
— 1 night
3
Kaikoura
— 1 night
4
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
5
Christchurch
— Few hours
6
Akaroa
— 2 nights
7
Geraldine
— 1 night
8
Twizel
— 3 nights
9
Christchurch
— 3 nights

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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.
Kids will enjoy Kaiteriteri Beach and Moana Paddle Nelson. Venture out of the city with trips to Abel Tasman National Park (Walking tours & Abel Tasman Coast Track). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, head outdoors with SUPSTAR, get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natureland Zoo.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nelson online journey maker.

Auckland to Nelson is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©

1
night
Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Blenheim trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 3rd (Sun), stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura travel route builder app.

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): race across the water with Hanmer Springs Attractions, view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Hanmer Horse Trekking, then take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Conical Hill.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs vacation maker site.

Getting from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature · Parks · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Hanmer Horse Trekking ©
Hanmer Horse Trekking
Hanmer Springs Attractions ©
Hanmer Springs Attractions

few
hours
Christchurch

Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Getting from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

2
nights
Akaroa

Akaroa ©

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at The Garden at French Farm, then take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lava, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, then pause for some photo ops at Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, then enjoy the sea views from Akaroa Lighthouse, and finally appreciate the history behind Britomart Monument.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Akaroa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Akaroa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akaroa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Geraldine.

Things to do in Akaroa

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
The Giants House ©
The Giants House
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds ©

1
night
Geraldine

Geraldine ©
Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. On the 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, then look and learn at Geraldine Observatory, and finally examine the collection at The Giant Jersey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, then get engrossed in the history at Fairlie Heritage Museum, and finally trot along with Peel Forest Horse Trekking.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Geraldine travel route planner.

You can drive from Akaroa to Geraldine in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Twizel.

Things to do in Geraldine

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum ©
Peel Forest Horse Trekking ©
Peel Forest Horse Trekking

3
nights
Twizel

Twizel
On the 9th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and then test the waters at Tekapo Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at High Country Salmon, look for all kinds of wild species at New Zealand Alpine Lavender, explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and finally relax in the rural setting at New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Twizel online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Geraldine to Twizel takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

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nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Kids will appreciate attractions like TranzAlpine Train and Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Enjoy Christchurch some more: stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Quake City, pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, and get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Twizel to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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