16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner
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Fly
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
3
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Ferry to Picton, Drive to Hanmer Springs
5
Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Timaru
— 1 night
Drive
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
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Auckland — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bethells Beach as well as Treasure Island Adventure Golf. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Mount Victoria Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Mokoroa Falls, kick back and relax at Bethells Beach, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland travel planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Te Puia as well as Mini Golf Rotorua. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get your game on at Mini Golf Rotorua and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Rotorua are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Palmerston North.
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Palmerston North — 1 night

Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Planning Palmerston North trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Palmerston North takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in January: highs in Palmerston North hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wellington Zoo. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Wellington vacation maker.

Drive from Palmerston North to Wellington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wellington when traveling from Palmerston North in January, with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Hanmer Springs.
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Hanmer Springs — 2 nights

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
You've now added Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa to your itinerary.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hanmer Springs journey website.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wellington to Hanmer Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Franz Josef.
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Franz Josef — 1 night

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glacier Helicopters. On the 19th (Thu), trek along Peters Pool Walk, stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, and then see the world from above with Glacier Helicopters.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Franz Josef day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.
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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.
Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip website.

Getting from Franz Josef to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Timaru.
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Timaru — 1 night

Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): experience rural life at Blueberry Haven, enjoy the sand and surf at Caroline Bay Beach, then walk around Centennial Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Timaru Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Timaru trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Timaru takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You've now added Christchurch Gondola to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and then enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch road trip app.

You can drive from Timaru to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. In January in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for home on the 25th (Wed).
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New Zealand travel guide

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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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