22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kaikoura
— 3 nights
2
Nelson
— 3 nights
3
Greymouth
— 2 nights
4
Franz Josef
— 3 nights
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
7
Invercargill
— 1 night
8
Stewart Island
— 1 day
9
Bluff
— 1 night
10
Dunedin
— 3 nights
11
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night

3
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Get outdoors at Peninsula Seal Colony and Maori Leap Cave. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum, get outside with Tinbum Charters, and make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip planner.

Christchurch to Kaikoura is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get outside with SUPSTAR, kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, thenstop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, and finally explore the galleries of South Street Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Cable Bay Shooting Adventures, thentake an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nelson trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Nelson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
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World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Hokitika Beach and Cobden Cave. Museum-lovers will appreciate History House Museum and Hokitika Craft Gallery. Step out of Greymouth with an excursion to Tunnel Terrace Walk in Hokitika--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Parish, and hike along Coal Creek Track.

Find out how to plan Greymouth trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Nelson to Greymouth in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hokitika, Coal Creek Track
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Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

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Franz Josef

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tatare Tunnels Walk and Sentinel Rock Walk. Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Peters Pool Walk. Take a break from Franz Josef with a short trip to Minnehaha Walk in Fox Glacier, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk, have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, and identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

1
night
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.
For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka itinerary maker website.

Getting from Franz Josef to Wanaka by bus takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, thentake in the exciting artwork at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Tiki Trail, thenview the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

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

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tiki Trail ©
Tiki Trail

1
night
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Rakiura Rides, thencontemplate the long history of Demolition World, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Invercargill travel app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre
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Rakiura Rides ©
Rakiura Rides
Demolition World ©
Demolition World

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day
Stewart Island

Stewart Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, thenexamine the collection at Rakiura Museum, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Stewart Island journey planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Bluff.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

1
night
Bluff

Bluff
Bluff, previously known as Campbelltown, is a town and seaport in the Southland region, on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bluff day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stewart Island to Bluff. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Bluff

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Appreciate the collections at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Step out of Dunedin to go to Palmerston and see Shag Point Nature Reserve, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aramoana Beach, kick back and relax at St Clair Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, and appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin online attractions planner.

Getting from Bluff to Dunedin by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Chalmers Maritime Museum, Shag Point Nature Reserve
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

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night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, thenidentify plant and animal life at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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