11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Wellington reach 16°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St Michael's Catholic Church are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui Base Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Huka Honey Hive) and Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, push the limits with an extreme tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Quake City, examine the collection at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and then contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch holiday planner .

You can fly from Rotorua to Christchurch in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rotorua in October since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Quake City ©
Quake City
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arrowtown Village and Coronet Peak. Get some historical perspective at Fallen Soldiers Memorial and Vesta Design Boutique. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Remarkables Ski Area, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, and learn about winemaking at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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