11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner
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Fly
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
2
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
4
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive
5
Invercargill
Drive
6
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
8
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
9
Waitomo Caves
Drive
10
Auckland
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown visit planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier — 1 night

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.
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Tours
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Tekapo as well as Canterbury Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Christchurch attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Dunedin.
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Museums · Nature · Parks
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Dunedin — 1 night

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.
Larnach Castle & Gardens has been added to your itinerary.

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

Fly from Christchurch to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Invercargill.
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Historic Sites
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Invercargill

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. You've now added Stirling Point to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get great views at Stirling Point.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Invercargill online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Invercargill takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Your day by day itinerary now includes AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand. On the 27th (Tue), push the limits with AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Invercargill to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 1 night

Sulphur City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online holiday planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Rotorua hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.
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Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Spas
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.
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Nature · Parks
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Auckland — 3 nights

City of Sails

Explore Auckland further: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, browse the different shops at The Strand Arcade, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip planning tool.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.
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