17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Christchurch
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Auckland
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get in touch with nature at Arrowtown Village and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore and learn at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Wanaka (Parasailing & Paragliding & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: hike along Ben Lomond Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary site .

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

4
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Port Hills and Riccarton House & Bush will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Quake City and Straight 8 Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Swim with Dolphins, Lava, & more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture, and explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

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Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Akaroa, Straight 8 Estate
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Quake City ©
Quake City
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins

5
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.
Visiting Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui), Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Taupo). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Track, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in January since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Taupo, Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Arataki Visitor Centre. Sculptureum and Bohemian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Goat Island Marine Reserve (in Warkworth) and Orewa Beach (in Orewa). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, do a tasting at Foxes Island, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Goat Island Marine Reserve, Orewa Beach, Bohemian Museum, Sculptureum, Arataki Visitor Centre
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum

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