16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
4
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive
5
Blenheim
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
7
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Dunedin
— 1 night
Fly

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2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Piha Beach and Beer Tastings & Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bethells Beach and St. Helier's Bay. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, walk around Cornwall Park, and learn about winemaking at Babich Wines.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planning website.

Kolhapur, India to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Piha Beach ©
Must see
Piha Beach
4.7
©
Beer Tasting / Tour
Beer Tastings & Tours
5.0

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Eat Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore and take pictures at Government Gardens, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and traverse land and water with Rotorua Duck Tours.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Papamoa Beach ©
Must see
Papamoa Beach
4.9
Eat Street ©
Neighborhood
Eat Street
4.2

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 15th (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and then kick back and relax at Oriental Bay.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
©
Beer Tasting / Tour
Beer Tastings & Tours
4.7
Oriental Bay ©
Water Body
Oriental Bay
4.6
National War Memorial ©
Military Museum
National War Memorial
4.6

1
night
Nelson

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, then examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nelson route builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Nelson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and then learn the secrets of beer at Hop n Grape Wine and Beer Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Blenheim holiday site.

You can drive from Nelson to Blenheim in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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

1
night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip app.

Traveling by car from Blenheim to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Ohau Stream Walk
4.7

1
night
Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 19th (Mon), stroll around Hagley Park, examine the collection at Quake City, then have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally wander the streets of Port Hills.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Port Hills ©
Neighborhood
Port Hills
4.8
Quake City ©
Specialty Museum
Quake City
4.4
Hagley Park ©
Park
Hagley Park
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.
On the 20th (Tue), cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, get the adrenaline pumping with Hydro Attack, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then get outside with Arrowtown Village, and then relax and rejuvenate at Yoga. Nadi Wellness Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip app.

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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

1
night
Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 22nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin travel route builder site.

Drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your trip
©
Rail Tour
Rail Tours
4.2
Penguin Place ©
Wildlife Area
Penguin Place
4.2

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