34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive
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Timaru
— 1 night
Drive
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Oamaru
— 4 nights
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Dunedin
— 5 nights
Drive
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Invercargill
— 5 nights
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Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Milford
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Milford
— 2 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Queenstown International Airport
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nelson
— 4 nights
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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. On the 5th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Caroline Bay Beach, identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Otipua Wetland. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Susan Badcock Studio, then examine the collection at The Giant Jersey, then examine the collection at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, and finally look and learn at Geraldine Observatory.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Timaru trip planner.

Christchurch to Timaru is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

4
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Oamaru

Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Wrinkly Rams and Hampden Stores. Museum-lovers will appreciate Whitestone City and Waitaki Museum & Archive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oamaru: Omarama (Hot Tubs Omarama & Omarama Sheep Statue), Kurow Museum and Information Centre (in Kurow) and Katiki Point Lighthouse (in Moeraki). Spend the 9th (Sat) on two wheels at Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Oamaru online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Timaru to Oamaru takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Oamaru

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aramoana Beach and Dunedin Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tunnel Beach Track and Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Explore Dunedin's surroundings by going to Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (in Owaka), Nugget Point/Tokata Walks (in Balclutha) and Nugget Point Lighthouse (in Ahuriri Flat). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at Robert Burns Statue.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin travel route builder app.

Drive from Oamaru to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

5
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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 inner history buff will appreciate St. Mary's Basilica and St. John's Anglican Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian and Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Southern Scenic Route. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, let the kids burn off some steam at Dig This Invercargill, pick up some local products at Southern Farmers Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill trip planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

2
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Milford

On the 21st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Tuff Crater Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Red Beach. On your second day here, do a tasting at Soljans Estate Winery, then do a tasting at The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant, and then get a dose of the wild on Muriwai Beach Horse Treks.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milford travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Milford. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Silver Fern Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Ben Lomond Track and Lake Hayes Walkway. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door (in Bannockburn), Cromwell (Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, Cheeki Cherries, &more) and Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mt Crichton Loop Track, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milford to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

5
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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.
Head to Wanaka Fine Art Gallery and Outside Sports Wanakafor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Transport and Toy Museum and Warbirds & Wheels. There's still lots to do: stroll through Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks, relax in the rural setting at Wanaka Lavender Farm, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and trek along Blue Pools Track.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip builder.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

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Nelson

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Get a sense of the local culture at Christ Church Cathedral and Omaka Classic cars. Step out of the city life by going to Kaiteriteri Beach and Rabbit island. Explore Nelson's surroundings by going to Riwaka Resurgence (in Kahurangi National Park), Renwick (Forrest Wines Cellar Door & Bladen Wines) and Ngarua Caves (in Motueka). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tahunanui Beach, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get outside with SUPSTAR, and do a tasting at Huia.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nelson road trip planning website.

Fly from Wanaka to Nelson in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

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.