13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Auckland
Drive
2
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Hinuera
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry to Picton, Drive to Christchurch
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 1 day
Fly

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Auckland

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.
For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour itinerary maker app.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marakopa Falls, Ruakuri Walk and Caveworld. Venture out of the city with trips to Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Huka Falls (in Hinuera).

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hinuera.
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Hinuera

Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hinuera trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hinuera takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Hinuera sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 4 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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua travel route planner.

Getting from Hinuera to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taupo.
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Taupo — 1 night

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 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and then see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then shop like a local with Lava Glass.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Taupo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time 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 12th (Wed), take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 3 nights

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 Hey Brew Craft Beer Tasting Tours as well as Ohinetahi Garden. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, then stroll around Hagley Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden and then squeeze the most out of the city with Hey Brew Craft Beer Tasting Tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in October, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 1 day

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Plan my Queenstown trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to home.
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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.
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