11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip maker

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Wellington
— 1 day
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Wellington

— 1 day

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Wellington is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Wellington due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
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Queenstown

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
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Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Go for a jaunt from Taupo to Tongariro National Park to see Tongariro Alpine Crossing about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo online trip maker.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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Rotorua

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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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.