18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Nelson
— 1 night
6
Kaikoura
— 1 night
7
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the activities along Devonport, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip maker .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Tue), hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mead's Wall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, then grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally get around town with Wellington Cable Car.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

1
night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, then make a trip to Broadgreen Historic House, then take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, and finally look for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith.

Planning Nelson trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith ©
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith

1
night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura route maker app .

Getting from Nelson to Kaikoura by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Feb 28 — 29:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 1st (Sun), examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, get your game on at Velocity Karts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): hike along Hooker Valley Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. On the 7th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown visit planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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