15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights

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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.
You've now added Space Place at Carter Observatory to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Wellington is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Wellington is 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Wellington at 22°C and lows at 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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Space Place at Carter Observatory ©
Space Place at Carter Observatory

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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.
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planning website.

You can drive from Wellington to Rotorua in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

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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 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Howick Historical Village, kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Of Hand & Heart.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Auckland tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in December, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa Beach, Of Hand & Heart
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
Of Hand & Heart ©
Of Hand & Heart

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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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and then look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Auckland to Te Anau in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wanaka Lavender Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then explore the activities along Arrow River, then get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and finally trek along Tobins Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip app.

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka Lavender Farm
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Arrow River ©
Arrow River
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
Wanaka Lavender Farm ©
Wanaka Lavender Farm

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
Off-Road Tours
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Visit Port Hills and Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk for their historical value. Family-friendly places like Velocity Karts and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum and make a trip to Diminish and Ascend.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts

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