19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Palmerston North
— 1 night
2
Picton
— 1 night
3
Nelson
— 2 nights
4
Westport
— 1 night
5
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 1 night
8
Invercargill
— 2 nights
9
Dunedin
— 1 night
10
Twizel
— 1 night
11
Timaru
— 1 night
12
Christchurch
— 1 night
13
Blenheim
— 1 night
14
Masterton
— 1 night
15
Taupo
— 1 night

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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 27th (Sun), examine the collection at New Zealand Rugby Museum and then stop by The Shearing Shed.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Palmerston North online route builder.

Te Awamutu to Palmerston North is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In December in Palmerston North, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums Shopping
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New Zealand Rugby Museum ©
New Zealand Rugby Museum
The Shearing Shed ©
The Shearing Shed

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Picton attractions app.

Getting from Palmerston North to Picton by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Palmerston North in December, you will find days in Picton are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are little chillier (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and then find your balance on the water with Kaiteriteri Kayaks.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson travel planning tool.

Drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Skydive Abel Tasman, Kaiteriteri Kayaks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Skydive Abel Tasman ©
Skydive Abel Tasman
Kaiteriteri Kayaks ©
Kaiteriteri Kayaks
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. To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Westport day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Westport takes 4 hours. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Westport

Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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West Coast Brewery ©
West Coast Brewery

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier vacation website.

Drive from Westport to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails
Helicopter Tours

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Southern Scenic Route.

Plan a Invercargill trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Invercargill in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
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Dig This Invercargill ©
Dig This Invercargill
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©

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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.
To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Historic Sites
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Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Harrington Point ©
Harrington Point

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Twizel

Twizel ©
To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Twizel online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Twizel takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Timaru.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
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Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop ©
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop
High Country Salmon ©
High Country Salmon

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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. For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Timaru trip tool.

Getting from Twizel to Timaru by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Timaru

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
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Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
South Canterbury Museum ©
South Canterbury Museum
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park

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

Traveling by car from Timaru to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. January in Christchurch sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
HAPA ©
HAPA

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Blenheim

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Blenheim day trip planning app.

Fly from Christchurch to Blenheim in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in January since evenings lows in Blenheim dip to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Masterton.
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
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Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries ©
Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries

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Masterton

Masterton ©
Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District . To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Masterton trip planner.

Getting from Blenheim to Masterton by car takes about 6 hours. In January in Masterton, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Masterton

Shopping

Side Trip

Paua World
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Paua World ©
Paua World

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo online journey builder.

Getting from Masterton to Taupo by car takes about 4.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Shopping
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Helicopter Tours
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

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