8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand sightseeing planner

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Picton
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Wellington
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Whanganui
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Hawera
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Whanganui
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Palmerston North
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Greytown
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Martinborough
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Wellington
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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton itinerary builder website.

Nelson to Picton is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September in Picton, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for Wellington on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Before you visit Wellington, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ride a ferry from Picton to Wellington in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife
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Whanganui

— 1 night
To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Whanganui trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Wellington to Whanganui in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Whanganui can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Hawera.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
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Hawera

Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of. For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawera travel planning website.

You can drive from Whanganui to Hawera in 1.5 hours. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Hawera

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Whanganui

— 2 nights
To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Whanganui trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hawera to Whanganui in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Palmerston North on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
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Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Your day by day itinerary now includes Middleton Model Railway. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Middleton Model Railway.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Palmerston North travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to Palmerston North takes an hour. In September in Palmerston North, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Greytown.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums

Side Trip

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Greytown

Greytown, population 2,001, is a town in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand, in the lower North Island. Cobblestones Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Cobblestones Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Greytown online route planner.

You can drive from Palmerston North to Greytown in 2 hours. Traveling from Palmerston North in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Greytown, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Martinborough.

Things to do in Greytown

Museums
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Martinborough

— 1 night
Martinborough is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington region of New Zealand. For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Martinborough online travel planner.

Martinborough is very close to Greytown. September in Martinborough sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Martinborough

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

You've now added Avalon Park to your itinerary. Explore Wellington further: pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's and steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

You can drive from Martinborough to Wellington in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Picton road trip site.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by ferry takes about 4 hours. You will leave for home on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.