12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). On the 18th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown journey planner.

Jaipur, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jaipur to Queenstown is 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wellington travel route planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. November in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Taupo.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
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Taupo — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, then hike along Huka Falls Walkway, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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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.
On the 23rd (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland — 2 nights

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 25th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland journey planning site.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in November since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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.