44 days in Auckland, Queenstown & Wellington Itinerary

44 days in Auckland, Queenstown & Wellington Itinerary

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44 days in Auckland, Queenstown & Wellington Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  12​h
1
Auckland
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 14 nights
4
Wellington
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

11
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Whittaker's Musical Museum (in Oneroa), Matakana (Matakana War Memorial & Matakana Village) and Onetangi (Obsidian Vineyard & Stonyridge Vineyard). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Auckland route maker site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Bangkok in December, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Matakana, Warkworth, The Kauri Museum, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 18:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Devonport ©
Devonport
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (Te Anau Glowworm Caves & Lake Te Anau) and Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown planning tool .

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Te Anau, Lake Wanaka, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

14
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip builder .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Wellington on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Picton, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 8:
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

10
nights
Wellington

Wellington ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Kereru Brewing Company (in Upper Hutt), Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu) and The Alpaca Place (in Masterton). Explore Wellington further: trek along Pinnacles Track, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, learn about winemaking at Gladstone Vineyard, and step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planning tool .

You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Lower Hutt, Kereru Brewing Company, Kapiti Island, Poppies Martinborough, Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 18:
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum
Kapiti Island ©
Kapiti Island

few
hours
Auckland

Auckland ©
On the 18th (Sat), look for gifts at The Fantail House and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland trip maker app .

You can fly from Wellington to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
The Fantail House ©
The Fantail House

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