16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Nelson
— 1 night
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Greymouth
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 2 nights

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Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): do a tasting at Foxes Island, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then meet the residents at Auckland Zoo.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Auckland travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in February, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

1
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua sightseeing website.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

2
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Wellington

Wellington

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 6th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
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1
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Nelson

Nelson ©

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens, then make a trip to The Suter Art Gallery Nelson, and finally kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson journey planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:
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1
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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 9th (Tue), stop by Garth Wilson Jade, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company, and finally don't miss a visit to Brunner Mine Site Walk.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Greymouth travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Greymouth takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Greymouth

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:
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Historic Site
Shantytown Heritage Park
3.5
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Garth Wilson Jade
4.9

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©

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 10th (Wed), do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, then learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Greymouth to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
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Spa
Spas
4.5
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8

2
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Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll through The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

Plan my trip to Te Anau with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
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Hiking Trail
The Chasm Walk
4.6

1
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Dunedin

Dunedin ©

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then tour in style with a train tour. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, admire all the interesting features of The Royal Albatross Centre, and then pause for some photo ops at Robert Scott Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary maker app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
4.8

2
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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 16th (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Quake City, don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
Highlights from your trip
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History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6

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