18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Christchurch
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
7
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 45 min
8
Lake Tekapo
— 1 day
Bus:  3 h 45 min
9
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  4 h
10
Arrowtown
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
11
Te Anau
— 1 day
Bus:  3 h 15 min
12
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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 12th (Sun), get impressive views of Mount Eden, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour planner.

Brisbane, 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. When traveling from Brisbane in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thenmake a trip to Te Puia, and finally do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua tour planning tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in July since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally get great views at Mount Victoria. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenadmire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, relax in the rural setting at Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Cloudy Bay, learn about winemaking at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop, contemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally examine the collection at The National Whale Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Blenheim online route builder.

You can drive from Wellington to Blenheim in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Picton
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop ©
Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 18th (Sat), hike along Ohau Stream Walk, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, thendon't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and finally stop by Kaikoura Cheese.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura tour planner.

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, thensee the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, thenpause for some photo ops at Diminish and Ascend, and finally listen to music at The Arts Centre.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

1
night
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Take the guesswork out of planning a Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 4.5 hours. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
day
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, thenpause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Burkes Pass Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lake Tekapo day trip planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Burkes Pass Gallery
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Mount John University Observatory ©
Mount John University Observatory

1
night
Wanaka

Wanaka
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka online trip planner.

You can take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka in 4.5 hours. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, stop by Honey & Cocoa, and then browse the exhibits of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Arrowtown Village, trek along The Sawpit Gully Track, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Lake Hayes Walkway, and finally contemplate the long history of Kawarau Suspension Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau road trip app.

Take a bus from Arrowtown to Te Anau in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Off-Road Tours

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