25 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

25 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

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25 days in Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

Start: Lihue, Kauai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Christchurch
— 10 nights
drive:  4​h
3
Auckland
— 12 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Lihue, Kauai

1
night
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.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planning tool .

Lihue, USA to Auckland is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 22 hours traveling from Lihue to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lihue in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 64°F at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

10
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
We've included these beaches for you: Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and New Brighton Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Velocity Karts. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Washpen Falls (in Darfield) and Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine). On the 30th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mt Hutt Ski Area. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and stroll around Riccarton House & Bush.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akaroa, South Island, Washpen Falls, Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Dec 22 — Jan 1:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Kayaking & Canoeing

12
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
Family-friendly places like Bethells Beach and Takapuna Beach will thrill your kids. Relax by the water at Orewa Beach and Karekare Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach), Ngatea Water Gardens (in Ngatea) and Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park, Goat Island Marine Reserve, & more). Explore Auckland further: explore the landscape on two wheels at Hauraki Rail Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and stroll through Mission Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Auckland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Christchurch in January, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around 66°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Auckland Region, Orewa, Mangawhai, Hauraki Rail Trail
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 13:
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Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

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