11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Denver

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Quake City and Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Kids will enjoy Margaret Mahy Family Playground and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Barrys Bay Cheese, The Giants House, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Riccarton House & Bush and take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

Start your trip to Christchurch by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Denver, USA to Christchurch is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Christchurch is 19 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in November; daily highs in Christchurch reach 66°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Quake City ©
Quake City
Swim with Dolphins
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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 13th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, then head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, then stop by The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Queenstown Hill, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Helicopter 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 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wellington itinerary maker.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Relax by the water at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Monmouth Redoubt in Tauranga--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Government Gardens, trot along with a tour on horseback, take an in-depth tour of Rotorua Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online trip maker.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach
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Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

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