23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 6 nights
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Franz Josef
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Auckland Museum and Foxes Island. Get in touch with nature at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Cheltenham Beach. Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Waiheke Island to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nelson Street Cycleway.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland online day trip planner.

Pune, India to Auckland is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 6.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
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4
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

Sulphur City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Te Puia and Tukairangi Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Kinloch Beach) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
Highlights from your trip
Must see
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

6
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Vesta Design Boutique. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lake Te Anau, &more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of One Mile Power House, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0

3
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Franz Josef: Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk & Gillespies Beach) and Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Franz Josef trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6
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Hiking Trail
Hooker Valley Track
4.9

3
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Christchurch

Garden City

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 15th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Marlborough Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then learn about winemaking at French Peak Wines, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Christchurch sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Wineries · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
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History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6
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Winery / Vineyard
Pegasus Bay Winery
4.5

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