12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pukaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 1 night
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Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Kitekite Falls has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Kitekite Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder website.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Auckland. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Huka Falls Walkway has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip app.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Rotorua hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trips

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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 5th (Wed), stroll through ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and finally appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip planning app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trip

Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, then learn about winemaking at Cloudy Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Blenheim trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Blenheim sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

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 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Blenheim in January since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pukaki.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

Pukaki

— 1 night
On the 11th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki, and then appreciate the history behind Tahr Sculpture.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Pukaki online trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Pukaki in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Pukaki

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 12th (Wed), shop like a local with Queenstown Arts Centre, race across the water with a speed boat tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Queenstown attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pukaki to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.