30 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

30 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

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Auckland
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Christchurch
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Auckland

— 18 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Skydive Auckland and Muriwai Gannet Colony. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Tree Adventures (in Woodhill), Muriwai Beach Horse Treks (in Muriwai Beach) and Onetangi (Stonyridge Vineyard & Obsidian Vineyard). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, stroll around Albert Park, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and get impressive views of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie).

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip planner.

Queenstown to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Christchurch on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — Oct 12:

Christchurch

— 11 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Geraldine Observatory and Mt Hutt Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Rakaia Salmon Statue (in Rakaia), Porters Ski Area (in Springfield) and Geraldine (Susan Badcock Studio & The Giant Jersey). On the 16th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, learn about all things military at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and take a stroll through Port Hills.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in October, plan for little chillier nights in Christchurch, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 23: