18 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

18 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

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18 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Christchurch
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

8
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.
Family-friendly places like SkyTower and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island) and Stockade Hill (in Howick). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and find something for the whole family at Rainbow's End Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Wine Tours & Tastings, Miller Road Fragrance Studio, Cheltenham Beach, Rainbow's End Theme Park
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

9
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Bring the kids along to Christchurch Botanic Gardens and International Antarctic Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River), Geraldine (Susan Badcock Studio, Geraldine Observatory, & more) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Garden of Tane, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, get your game on at Velocity Karts, and enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip builder site .

Getting from Auckland to Christchurch by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in March, plan for little chillier nights in Christchurch, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akaroa, Geraldine, Little River Gallery, Charles Upham VC Statue, Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 22:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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