11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, thenexamine the collection at Cable Car Museum, thenbrush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. In September, Wellington is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites
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National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Buried Village of Te Wairoa and St Michael's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Huka Honey Hive). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Rotorua, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Quake City, thenlearn about all things military at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, and then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Christchurch online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rotorua in October since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Quake City ©
Quake City
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.
Vesta Design Boutique and Fallen Soldiers Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Queenstown Hill and Arrowtown Village will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through The Remarkables Ski Area, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and do a tasting at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Queenstown visit planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

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