16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
2
Oamaru
— 1 night
3
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
7
Taupo
— 1 night
8
Rotorua
— 2 nights
9
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
10
Auckland
— 2 nights

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Port Hills, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

Plan my day in Christchurch using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Brisbane, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Christchurch. In July, Christchurch is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Oamaru.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

1
night
Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oamaru vacation planning website.

You can drive from Christchurch to Oamaru in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Oamaru

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Totara Estate ©
Totara Estate
St Luke's Anglican Church ©
St Luke's Anglican Church
Presence on Harbour ©
Presence on Harbour

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, then admire all the interesting features of Tatare Tunnels Walk, and finally go for a walk through Callery Gorge Walk.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Franz Josef travel route app.

Drive from Oamaru to Franz Josef in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. You'll set off for Kaikoura on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Rock Walk ©
Sentinel Rock Walk
Helicopter Tours
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

1
night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 1st (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Kaikoura takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kaikoura Cheese ©
Kaikoura Cheese

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally make a trip to Wright's Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wellington trip app.

Getting from Kaikoura to Wellington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Safaris
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Ruapehu and Whakapapa Nature Walk. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, trek along Ridge Track, stroll through Taranaki Falls, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park road trip planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Ohakune
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping · Museums

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): view the masterpieces at 3D Trick Art Gallery, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, then take in the natural beauty of Whangapipiro Rachel Pool, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip website.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

few
hours
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Sir Colin Meads Statue, see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Plan my trip to Waitomo Caves with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Te Kuiti
Highlights from your plan
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Sir Colin Meads Statue ©
Sir Colin Meads Statue

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 10th (Mon): learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Howick Historical Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Stockade Hill.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Stockade Hill
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum ©
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

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