18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Albert Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Kerikeri
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Wellington

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Wellington. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

few
hours
Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Find out how to plan Queenstown trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Albert Town.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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3
nights
Albert Town

Albert Town ©
Albert Town is located to the east of Wanaka in Otago, New Zealand. Explore Albert Town's surroundings by going to Cardrona (Back Country Saddles, Cardrona Distillery, & more) and Maori Point Vineyard (in Tarras). It doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Lake Hawea Lookout and stroll through Treble Cone.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Albert Town using our trip planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Albert Town in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Albert Town

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Cardrona, Treble Cone, Maori Point Vineyard
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Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona Distillery ©
Cardrona Distillery
Maori Point Vineyard ©
Maori Point Vineyard

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then hike along Lake Gunn.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Albert Town to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

few
hours
Queenstown

Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Spas
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery

2
nights
Wellington

Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and then explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Beaches Outdoors
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

1
night
Whakapapa

Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ridge Track, then trek along Silica Rapids Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my trip to Whakapapa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whakapapa takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Auckland takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

2
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kerikeri trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Auckland to Kerikeri by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Paihia
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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