16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Train:  9 h 45 min
2
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 1 night
drive:  4 h
8
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Wellington

1
night
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 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Wellington. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Christchurch travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
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 5th (Sat): go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, and finally hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier journey site.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
River Walk ©
River Walk

1
night
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, then trek along Kea Point Track, then trek along Glencoe Walk, and finally hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Red Tarns Track and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fox Glacier to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
Wanaka

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.
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Wanaka War Memorial, then get your game on at Puzzling World, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Roys Peak Track.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka day trip tool.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

4
nights
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: take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, get your game on at iFLY Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary site.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau travel planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 15th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, then admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, then pause for some photo ops at Burt Munro Statue, and finally walk around Queens Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Invercargill trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Invercargill takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Parks
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Highlights from your plan
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Park ©
Queens Park

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