25 days in Wellington, Christchurch & Auckland Itinerary

25 days in Wellington, Christchurch & Auckland Itinerary

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25 days in Wellington, Christchurch & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  32​h
1
Wellington
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Christchurch
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Auckland
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  31​h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

6
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.
Visiting ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and Oriental Bay will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds), Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Haythornthwaite Wines) and Nyco Chocolates (in Paraparaumu). Next up on the itinerary: catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, contemplate the long history of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga), head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and stroll through Foxton Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary maker .

Edinburgh, UK to Wellington is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Edinburgh to Wellington, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Wellington. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Martinborough, Picton, Nyco Chocolates, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

8
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Harewood Golf Club. Let the collections at Canterbury Museum and International Antarctic Centre capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Akaroa Golf Club, Swim with Dolphins, & more), Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Waipara Springs Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Akaroa, Waipara, Little River Gallery, Leithfield Beach, Charles Upham VC Statue
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 14:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Swim with Dolphins

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.
Get outdoors at Piha Beach and Tapapakanga Regional Park. Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Toi Uku - Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Mudbrick Vineyard (in Oneroa), Oneroa Beach (in Waiheke Island) and Stonyridge Vineyard (in Onetangi). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, stroll through Cheltenham Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Whatipu Beach, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Auckland route builder tool .

Fly from Christchurch to Auckland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Auckland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Warkworth, Auckland Region, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Westbrook Winery
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 22:
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

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