18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

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Queenstown
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Milford Sound
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
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Nelson
— 2 nights
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Renwick
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary app.

San Francisco, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Queenstown, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Milford Sound

— 3 nights

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Milford Track has been added to your itinerary.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milford Sound planning website.

Fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

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Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

You've now added High Country Horses to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with High Country Horses.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Milford Sound to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Wanaka

— 2 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 That Wanaka Tree as well as Roys Peak Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to That Wanaka Tree and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka online vacation planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Lake Tekapo

— 2 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tekapo Springs as well as Hooker Valley Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo tour website.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nelson.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Nelson vacation planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Nelson in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Renwick on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Renwick

— 2 nights
Renwick is a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand, close to the south bank of the Wairau River. To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Renwick trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Nelson to Renwick in 1.5 hours. In February in Renwick, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Renwick

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip maker tool.

Getting from Renwick to Kaikoura by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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.