11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Arrowtown Village, then contemplate the long history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Ben Lomond Track, then trek along Queenstown Hill, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Wellington

— 2 nights

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 5th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wellington online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

New Plymouth

— 1 night
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 7th (Fri), get all the information you need at Puke Ariki, then view the masterpieces at Real Tart Gallery, and then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our New Plymouth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Craters of the Moon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Taupo and Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

Plan a Taupo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt Maunganui Main Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Blue Lake Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Pilot Bay & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua tour site.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

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.