11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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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
plane:  1 h
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SkyTower. On the 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip builder.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. April in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Christchurch travel planning website.

You can fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for much colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 8°C. You'll set off for Lake Tekapo on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, thenpause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Twizel.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

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

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Twizel

Twizel ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): experience rural life at Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Twizel attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Twizel takes an hour. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cromwell.
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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. To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cromwell online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Twizel to Cromwell in 2 hours. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Cromwell

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kiwi Birdlife Park, Arrowtown Village, Real Journeys - TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruises, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, don't miss a visit to Queenstown Mall, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip site.

Drive from Cromwell to Queenstown in an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arrowtown Village, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier road trip site.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanmer Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Hanmer Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Nature Spas Parks
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
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.
Dolphin & Whale Watching has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours and then do a tasting at Nautilus Estate.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura trip builder website.

You can drive from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Other options are to 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
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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 where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Picton trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Picton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for 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.
You've added Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand Parliament, Wellington Cable Car, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 17th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thenget around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planning website.

You can drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 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
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Plaza Shopping Centre as well as Victoria Esplanade Gardens. On the 18th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Victoria Esplanade Gardens and then stop by The Plaza Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Palmerston North online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Wellington to Palmerston North by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Shopping
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The Plaza Shopping Centre ©
The Plaza Shopping Centre

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