11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train and then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Christchurch is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Christchurch, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder 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) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online trip maker.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Nature
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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.
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 catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington road trip planning tool.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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 Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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 Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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): wander the streets of Devonport, then get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland journey planning tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. 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 Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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