16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Napier
— 1 night
Fly
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nelson
— 1 night
Drive
7
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive
10
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly

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Auckland

City of Sails

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 4th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): stroll through St. Helier's Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Bay Beach, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland travel planning tool.

Pune, India to Auckland is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries
Highlights from your trip
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Spa
Spas
4.1

2
nights
Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
On the 6th (Fri), get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally visit Eat Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip app.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Eat Street ©
Neighborhood
Eat Street
4.2
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Volcanic Hills Winery
4.6

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Napier trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Napier in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip
Marine Parade ©
Landmark
Marine Parade
4.6

1
night
Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Beer Tastings & Tours
4.7
Oriental Bay ©
Water Body
Oriental Bay
4.6
Old St Paul's ©
Architectural Building
Old St Paul's
4.7

2
nights
Queenstown

Shallow Bay

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 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, then admire all the interesting features of Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and then walk around Village Green. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, and then relax and rejuvenate at Yoga. Nadi Wellness Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.8
Arrowtown Village ©
Outdoor Activity
Arrowtown Village
4.4

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Nelson

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, and finally admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Nelson online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Nelson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

1
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Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and then get a tailor-made plan with Hop n Grape Wine and Beer Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Blenheim vacation planning website.

You can drive from Nelson to Blenheim in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Must see
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
4.8
Hop n Grape Wine and Beer Tours ©
Beer Tasting / Tour
Hop n Grape Wine and Beer Tours
5.0

2
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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 14th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ohau Stream Walk, take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and finally look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Highlights from your trip
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Wildlife Area
Peninsula Seal Colony
4.7

1
night
Akaroa

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): browse the exhibits of The Giants House, admire the natural beauty at Garden of Tane, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Akaroa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Akaroa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. November in Akaroa sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Garden of Tane ©
Garden
Garden of Tane
4.7

2
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Christchurch

Garden City

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 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Quake City, steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, then explore the activities along Avon River, and finally stop by Port Hills.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Akaroa to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip
Port Hills ©
Neighborhood
Port Hills
4.8
Quake City ©
Specialty Museum
Quake City
4.4
Avon River ©
Water Body
Avon River
4.5

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