57 days in Paraparaumu & South Island Itinerary

57 days in Paraparaumu & South Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

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Paraparaumu
— 3 nights
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Nelson
— 3 nights
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Westport
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Greymouth
— 3 nights
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Haast
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Omarama
— 1 day
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Oamaru
— 1 night
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Alexandra
— 8 nights
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Invercargill
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 5 nights
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Oamaru
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
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Timaru
— 3 nights
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Kaikoura
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Blenheim
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Nelson
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Paraparaumu

— 3 nights
Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. Plan my Paraparaumu trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Auckland to Paraparaumu is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in March since evenings lows in Paraparaumu dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Paraparaumu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

Nelson

— 3 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nelson itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Paraparaumu to Nelson takes 7 hours. You'll set off for Westport on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:

Westport

— 2 nights
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Westport is known for trails, museums, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cape Foulwind Walkway.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Westport trip itinerary website.

Getting from Nelson to Westport by car takes about 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Christchurch

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Christchurch is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Godley Head.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Christchurch day trip site.

You can drive from Westport to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. March in Christchurch sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Greymouth on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Greymouth

— 3 nights
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. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coal Creek Track.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Greymouth trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Greymouth in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Haast.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Haast

— 1 night
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. On the 22nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Creek Walks.

You can plan Haast trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Greymouth to Haast in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Haast

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Wanaka

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Puzzling World, Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk and Warbirds & Wheels.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haast to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Omarama.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Omarama

— 1 day
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): cruise along Lindis Pass and then take in the dramatic natural features at Clay Cliff.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Omarama travel route builder site.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Omarama takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oamaru.

Things to do in Omarama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

Oamaru

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see a show at Oamaru Opera House and then take in the waterfront at Oamaru Harbour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oamaru online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Omarama to Oamaru in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Alexandra.

Things to do in Oamaru

Nightlife
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

Alexandra

— 8 nights
Alexandra is a town in the Central Otago district of the South Island of New Zealand. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Alexandra using our trip planner.

You can drive from Oamaru to Alexandra in 3 hours. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Alexandra

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 5:

Invercargill

— 1 night
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Invercargill road trip planning app.

Getting from Alexandra to Invercargill by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Dunedin

— 5 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Paul's Cathedral and Larnach Castle & Gardens. Get in touch with nature at Sandfly Bay Track and St Clair Beach. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Karitane Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin online holiday planner.

You can drive from Invercargill to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:

Oamaru

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Steampunk HQ, learn more about the world around you at The Vanished World Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Oamaru's Victorian Precinct.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oamaru travel route builder.

Getting from Dunedin to Oamaru by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for Lake Tekapo on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Oamaru

Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Lake Tekapo

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Tekapo Springs has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Oamaru to Lake Tekapo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You will leave for Christchurch on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Spas
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Christchurch

— 5 nights

Garden City

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ferrymead Heritage Park and Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area. Get some historical perspective at Cardboard Cathedral and The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. Explore Christchurch further: admire the local landmark of Peacock Fountain and go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for Timaru on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Timaru

— 3 nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum and The Giant Jersey. Get some cultural insight at The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum and Sacred Heart Basilica. Explore Timaru's surroundings by going to Rakaia Gorge Walkway (in Rakaia) and Washpen Falls (in Darfield).

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Timaru road trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Timaru by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
You've now added Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip planner.

Getting from Timaru to Kaikoura by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 23:

Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head outdoors with Tirohanga Track. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wither Hills Mountainbike Park and then see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Blenheim tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nelson.

Things to do in Blenheim

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Nelson

— 3 nights

Top of the South

Step out of the city life by going to Railway Reserve and Rawhiti Cave Track. Take a break from Nelson with a short trip to The Grove Scenic Reserve in Tasman, about 1h 40 min away.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nelson travel route planner.

Drive from Blenheim to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paraparaumu.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Paraparaumu

— 3 nights
Enjoy Paraparaumu some more: step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paraparaumu trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Paraparaumu takes 7 hours. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Paraparaumu

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
Highlights from your trip

South Island travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Entertainment Centers · Hiking Trails
Māui's Canoe
The wilder of New Zealand's two main islands, South Island offers a feast of nature in all its glory. Extensive, untouched plains connect alpine landscapes with rugged shorelines, creating a home for an abundance of animals and vegetation, on land and in the rich surrounding waters. Renowned as a window to the natural world before man (something that scores of film directors have tapped into over the years), South Island folds its cities and townships into the surrounding landscape, their populations adding something singular to the mix. On your trip to South Island, you'll witness the awe-inspiring cultural heritage of the Maori, whose art and architecture complements the developments of the colonial legacy. The result is a land of characterful buildings, rolling vineyards, and free-spirited adventure.