11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  21​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Waiheke Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Fly + Bus:  7​h
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Franz Josef
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Atlanta

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Bay Beach, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bethells Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip site .

Atlanta, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in December, Auckland is much warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Browns Bay Beach, Orewa Beach
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Mission Bay Beach ©
Mission Bay Beach

1
night
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Ross Adventures, then stroll through Oneroa Beach, and then do a tasting at Obsidian Vineyard.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island travel route planning app .

You can drive from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Waiheke Island hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard

1
night
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, then explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Waiheke Island to Te Anau with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 10th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Hayes Walkway, then learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, then hike along Tobins Track, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mt Rosa Wines ©
Mt Rosa Wines

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Franz Josef day trip site .

Getting from Queenstown to Franz Josef by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Blue Lake Track. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Cauldron, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Amokura Glass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rotorua, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Franz Josef to Rotorua in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in December, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls Walkway, Okere Falls Track, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

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