19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

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Westport
— Few hours
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaikoura
— Few hours
Drive
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Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive
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Methven
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Invercargill
— 1 night
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Hawea
— 1 night
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 3 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Westport
— Few hours

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Westport

Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport road trip tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Westport. You will leave for Christchurch on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Corsair Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Friday Street Food Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. In June in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Christchurch

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Blenheim online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Blenheim takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Christchurch in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Blenheim, with lows around 9°C. On the 7th (Mon), 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 Jun 5 — 7:

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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 (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave, then take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum, and then stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura route planning site.

Drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

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Christchurch

Garden City

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for Methven on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

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Methven

Methven is a small town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Plan my trip to Methven with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Christchurch to Methven in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Methven

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, Peninsula Walkway and Lake Alexandrina. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, then browse the exhibits of Burkes Pass Gallery, and then pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Methven to Lake Tekapo takes 2 hours. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've added Below Zero Ice Bar, Minus 5° ICE BAR, Odyssey Sensory Maze, and other attractions to your itinerary. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, then explore the activities along Moke Lake, then have some family-friendly fun at Thrillzone Queenstown, and finally get your game on at CaddyShack City Mini Golf.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planning website.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Nightlife · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

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Invercargill

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Your day by day itinerary now includes Demolition World.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Invercargill by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Te Anau, Fiordland Escapes and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Invercargill to Te Anau in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

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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.
You've now added Puzzling World to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Beacon Point Walk.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka journey maker site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lake Hawea.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

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Lake Hawea

Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Lake Hawea Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Hawea day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Lake Hawea. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Lake Hawea

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Matheson Walk, Fox Glacier Hiking Trails and Moraine Walk. On the 17th (Thu), stroll through Moraine Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lake Hawea to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Mapourika as well as West Coast Wildlife Centre. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre and then explore and take pictures at Callery Gorge Walk. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mapourika and then hike along Roberts Point Track.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Franz Josef attractions app.

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. You'll set off for Christchurch on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

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Christchurch

Garden City

Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by Cookie Time Factory Shop.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Westport.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

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Westport

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Westport in 4.5 hours. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Fiordland National Park travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Caves
Place of Greenstone
As the heart of World Heritage-listed Wahipounamu, Fiordland National Park makes a great base for those wanting an adventure holiday packed full of wildlife-spotting expeditions, alpine climbs, and chances to enjoy New Zealand's national pastime--hiking. Over 500 km (310 mi) of hiking trails lead you through the native forest, up to the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, and along verdant valleys. Sea kayaking also ranks among the top things to do in Fiordland National Park, letting you explore the waters and get close to some of the protected animals here, including penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and seals. Formed over a period of 100,000 years, the fiords offer fantastic viewpoints and photo opportunities.