13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  20​h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Ahmedabad

3
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.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour or see a game at Queenstown Ice Arena, browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown online trip itinerary builder .

Ahmedabad, India to Queenstown is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

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

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Christchurch are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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.
On the 18th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in September since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Great Alpine Highway
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Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Huka Prawn Park and Kinloch Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

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

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Creek, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Rotorua in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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