11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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 2nd (Wed): enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary builder site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Christchurch is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg to Christchurch, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in October, with highs in Christchurch at 20°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Amisfield Cellar Door, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown online holiday builder .

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington vacation planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. On the next day, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Auckland journey planner .

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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