11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  5 h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Picton
— 1 night
car:  3 h
6
Abel Tasman National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  7 h
7
Methven
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Lake Tekapo
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
10
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

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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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Auckland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

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), make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally steep yourself in history at Tamaki Maori Village.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and then explore the activities along Great Lake Taupo.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taupo road trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Great Lake Taupo ©
Great Lake Taupo
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.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planner.

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

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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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.
For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Picton trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Picton, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for 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), trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park attractions planning site.

You can take a bus from Picton to Abel Tasman National Park in 5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Methven.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track

1
night
Methven

Methven
Methven is a small town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Methven travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Methven. December in Methven sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Methven

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

1
day
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary site.

Drive from Methven to Lake Tekapo in 2 hours. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Milford Sound
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Zipline

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hours
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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