18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Nadi, Viti Levu
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Invercargill
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hokitika
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Kerikeri
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Nadi, Viti Levu

1
night
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 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary of the Angels, and then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum. Keep things going the next day: get around town with Wellington Cable Car, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), and finally steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Wellington attractions site .

Nadi, Fiji to Wellington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Nadi in August; daily highs in Wellington reach 15°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Kotuku School Memorial
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Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kawarau Suspension Bridge and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Arrowtown Village. On the 18th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: stroll through Queenstown Hill and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arrowtown Village, Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

2
nights
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Pauls Presbyterian Church, and then take an in-depth tour of E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at First Presbyterian Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Demolition World, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Invercargill visit website .

You can drive from Queenstown to Invercargill in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
First Presbyterian Church ©
First Presbyterian Church

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look and learn at Otago Museum, then steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iona Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Waikouaiti Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Iona Church, Waikouaiti Beach
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home
Waikouaiti Beach ©
Waikouaiti Beach

1
day
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, browse the exhibits of Bonz 'N Stonz, then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hokitika trip planner.

You can fly from Dunedin to Hokitika in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
St Mary's Catholic Church ©
St Mary's Catholic Church

1
night
Kerikeri

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 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, then contemplate the long history of Rangihoua Heritage Park, then explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, and finally hike along Kerikeri River Track. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take a peaceful walk through Manginangina Kauri Walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Te Waimate Mission, then admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kerikeri trip planning website .

You can fly from Hokitika to Kerikeri in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Te Waimate Mission
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Te Waimate Mission ©
Te Waimate Mission
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 27th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Te Porere Redoubt, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Kerikeri to Tongariro National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Step out of the city life by going to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Mt Maunganui Main Beach in Mount Maunganui (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing, Mt Maunganui Main Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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