13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 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 26th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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Jaipur, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to 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 29th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip planning website.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Taupo.
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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.
When in Taupo, make a side trip to see Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park, approximately Tongariro National Park away. There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo visit planner.

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 1st (Sun) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally get impressive views of Mount Eden.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder app.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly 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.