13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary builder

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

Planning Auckland trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Te Puia. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Te Puia, then relax in the rural setting at aMAZEme, then experience rural life at Agrodome, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
aMAZEme ©
aMAZEme

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Attractions like Huka Prawn Park and Huka Honey Hive make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Turangi (Volcanic Activity Centre & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take a memorable tour with Tours, get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Turangi, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
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 30th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch journey builder site .

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ©
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alpine Aqualand and Queenstown Underwater Observatory. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Milford Sound in Te Anau--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip builder site .

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

Similar Plans

15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM FRANCE February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MAURITIUS April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM ISRAEL January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 34 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SAMOA September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans