10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive
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Ashburton
— Few hours
Drive
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Timaru
— 1 night
Drive
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Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Invercargill
— 1 night
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— Few hours
Bus
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Geraldine
— Few hours
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Ashburton

Ashburton or Hakatere is a large town in the Canterbury Region, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Smithfield Berries and then look for gifts at Ashford Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ashburton trip builder app.

Christchurch to Ashburton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In December, daily temperatures in Ashburton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Timaru.

Things to do in Ashburton

Shopping

1
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Timaru

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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Otipua Wetland and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Basilica.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read Timaru travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ashburton to Timaru in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Oamaru.

Things to do in Timaru

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Oamaru

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to The Loft, stop by Lazy Cat Pottery and Tileworks, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The New Zealand Whisky Company, then take in the exciting artwork at Art On Tyne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Forrester Gallery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oamaru trip maker.

Drive from Timaru to Oamaru in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Oamaru

Shopping · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Dunedin

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.
On the 16th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planner.

You can drive from Oamaru to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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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 18th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Bluff Maritime Museum, explore by horseback at Rakiura Rides, then delve into the distant past at Invercargill Brewery, then browse the exhibits of City Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Invercargill itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dunedin to Invercargill in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, then stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Lake Marian Track, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Milford sound Hwy.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Invercargill to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 21st (Mon), walk around Village Green, contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River, then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Lake Hayes Walkway, learn about winemaking at Amisfield Winery, then hike along Ben Lomond Track, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Wanaka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Spas
Highlights from your trip

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lake Tekapo road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo takes 4.5 hours. You'll set off for Geraldine on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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Geraldine

Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Giant Jersey and then view the masterpieces at Susan Badcock Studio.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Geraldine trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Geraldine takes 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Geraldine

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.