12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Akaroa
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Christchurch

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, then stroll through Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then wander the streets of Port Hills, and finally appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then identify plant and animal life at Groynes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Christchurch. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

1
night
Akaroa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at The Garden at French Farm, stop by Little River Gallery, do a tasting at French Peak Wines, then take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Anglican Church.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaroa trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Akaroa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Little River Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum
Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve

2
nights
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 1st (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Mt Crichton Loop Track, and then take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Queenstown takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline
Queenstown Arts Centre ©
Queenstown Arts Centre

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 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bohemian Museum, kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online travel planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Muriwai Gannet Colony, Orewa Beach, Bohemian Museum
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui Base Track. We've included these beaches for you: Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to the Zeus Gallery in Tauranga, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk, and take in the natural beauty of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, Rotorua is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Papamoa Beach, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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