16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Kaikoura
— 1 night
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Hokitika
— 1 night
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Franz Josef
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
7
Rotorua
— 3 nights
8
Wellington
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese and then stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, then trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally paddle through the water with Seal Kayak Kaikoura.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary builder tool.

Wellington to Kaikoura is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Seal Kayak Kaikoura ©
Seal Kayak Kaikoura
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 3rd (Thu), stroll through Hokitika Beach, view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, stop by Mountain Jade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, and finally get outside with Glow Worm Dell.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hokitika online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Hokitika in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell

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Franz Josef

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a memorable tour with Across Country Quad Bikes.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Franz Josef takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Helicopter Tours
Across Country Quad Bikes ©
Across Country Quad Bikes
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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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.
Get outdoors at Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wanaka and The Cardrona. There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at Snow Farm NZ, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery.

Make your Wanaka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Escape Quest Queenstown. Head to The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown and Lakes District Museum & Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, get outside with Arrowtown Village, and hike along Ben Lomond Track.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown sightseeing tool.

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Helicopter Tours
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Waitomo Caves takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Blue Lake Track will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and 3D Trick Art Gallery. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip maker app.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

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