16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
1
Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Franz Josef
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Christchurch Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch day trip app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Christchurch International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites
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Christchurch Cathedral ©
Christchurch Cathedral

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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.
St Peter's Anglican Church and Fallen Soldiers Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Queenstown Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier travel route planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Franz Josef on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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 25th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and then admire the landmark architecture of Church of St. James.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Franz Josef visit app .

Franz Josef is very close to Fox Glacier. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Christchurch

Christchurch
To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll set off for Wellington on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, then go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, and finally steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial.

Find out how to plan Wellington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Wellington. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Tongariro National Trout Centre, trek along Mounds Walk, and then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To plan Whakapapa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Wellington to Whakapapa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tongariro National Trout Centre
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Rotopounamu Track ©
Rotopounamu Track
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip maker site .

Getting from Whakapapa to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Whitianga

Whitianga
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 2nd (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Whitianga trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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 3rd (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St. Mary. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sky Tower and then step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Whitianga to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Whitianga in August: highs in Auckland hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

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