15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 1 night
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Blenheim
— 1 night
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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Invercargill
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
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Greymouth
— 1 night
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Nelson
— 1 night

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Wellington

Wellington ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the striking features of Old St Paul's and then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington journey planning website.

Hamilton to Wellington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July in Wellington, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites · Transportation
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 7th (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Fly from Wellington to Blenheim in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Wineries
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 8th (Wed), look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, then hike along Ohau Stream Walk, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and finally make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kaikoura vacation app.

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then appreciate the history behind William Sefton Moorhouse Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and finally make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch holiday builder site.

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. July in Christchurch sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo trip tool.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Burkes Pass Gallery
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The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and then admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Royal Albatross Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

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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 14th (Tue), examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, and then explore the ancient world of Invercargill Brewery.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Invercargill journey builder app.

Drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©
Invercargill Brewery ©
Invercargill Brewery

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown visit planner.

You can drive from Invercargill to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip tool.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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Greymouth

Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Greymouth trip maker.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Greymouth in 3 hours. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Nelson.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 19th (Sun), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Liquid Alchemy, don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, then examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Vortex Wind Karting. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at South Street Gallery, stop by Frock & Soul, get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, then get outside with SUPSTAR, then get your game on at Pro Karts, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nelson trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Greymouth to Nelson in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum

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