11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Taupo
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Picton
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
Abel Tasman National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
7
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Fox Glacier
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lady Knox Geyser as well as Tamaki Maori Village. On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Tamaki Maori Village.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

few
hours
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and then explore the activities along Great Lake Taupo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Victoria, Old St Paul's and New Zealand Parliament.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites
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Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament
Mount Victoria ©
Mount Victoria

1
night
Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Picton road trip website .

Getting from Wellington to Picton by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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hours
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abel Tasman Coast Track. On the 25th (Wed), hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Abel Tasman National Park holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Picton to Abel Tasman National Park in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track

1
night
Greymouth

Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Greymouth day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Abel Tasman National Park to Greymouth. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

1
day
Fox Glacier

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 26th (Thu): trek along Franz Josef Glacier, then trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Fox Glacier fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Greymouth to Fox Glacier by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

3
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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Milford Sound
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Zipline

few
hours
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online trip planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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