19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 3 nights
2
Picton
— 2 nights
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
4
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
5
Dunedin
— 4 nights
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
7
Wellington
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's. You'll explore and learn at The Great War Exhibition and Katherine Mansfield House and Garden. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cuba Street, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington planning app.

Taupo to Wellington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

2
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 8th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, thenlearn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, thendo a tasting at Nautilus Estate, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Picton day trip planning tool.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Renwick
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Port Hills, thenget your game on at Velocity Karts, thenexamine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Mona Vale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), thenmake a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch day trip planner.

You can fly from Picton to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Picton in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Christchurch, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
You've now added Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, look for all kinds of wild species at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, thendon't miss a visit to Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Memorial to James Mackenzie, look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, thenexplore the galleries of Burkes Pass Gallery, and finally go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Fairlie
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The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

4
nights
Dunedin

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.
For shopping fun, head to Dunedin Public Art Gallery or Happy Hens. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Larnach Castle & Gardens and The Royal Albatross Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dunedin: Waikouaiti (Matanaka Farm Building & Waikouaiti Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Dunedin Beach, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, stroll through St Clair Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin vacation planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Dunedin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waikouaiti, Port Chalmers Golf Club
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Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, thencontemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michaels and All Angels, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and then see the interesting displays at Quake City.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Quake City ©
Quake City
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at City Gallery Wellington, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Lyall Bay, thenstroll through Scorching Bay, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Garage Project Cellar Door. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, see Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, thenlook and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Wellington Railway Station.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wellington online travel planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in July since evenings lows in Wellington dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
City Gallery Wellington ©
City Gallery Wellington
Space Place at Carter Observatory ©
Space Place at Carter Observatory
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery

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