11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Christchurch
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
3
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Twizel
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Cromwell
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Kaikoura
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Wellington
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Palmerston North
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland using our trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover how to plan a Christchurch trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Auckland in April since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 8°C. You will leave for Lake Tekapo on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Tekapo, Tekapo Springs and The Church of the Good Shepherd. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then test the waters at Tekapo Springs.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip maker website .

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Spas Parks Nature
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Tekapo Springs ©
Tekapo Springs
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Twizel

Twizel ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Twizel tour planner .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Twizel in an hour. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cromwell.
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:
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Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop ©
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop

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Cromwell

Cromwell
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cromwell route maker site .

You can drive from Twizel to Cromwell in 2 hours. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Cromwell

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've added Kiwi Birdlife Park, Arrowtown Village, Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours and don't miss a visit to Queenstown Mall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

You can drive from Cromwell to Queenstown in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Arrowtown Village
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk and then identify plant and animal life at Fox Glacier.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier tour planning app .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hanmer Springs day trip planning website .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Hanmer Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Spas Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©

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Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then do a tasting at Nautilus Estate.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nautilus Estate
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Picton day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Picton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand Parliament, Wellington Cable Car, and other attractions you added. On the 17th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner .

You can drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Transportation Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

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nights
Palmerston North

Palmerston North
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palmerston North trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Palmerston North can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Outdoors Museums
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