11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Kerikeri
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Wellington
— 3 nights
End: Wellington

3
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Step out of Kerikeri with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Paihia--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Scopes New Zealand, make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, and learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kerikeri trip itinerary planning site .

Auckland to Kerikeri is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Paihia
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then explore the activities along Devonport, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour, then learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, and then get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kerikeri to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Rotorua to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Queen Charlotte Track in Picton (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, get great views at Mount Victoria, and steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Queen Charlotte Track, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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