12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

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Wellington
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Picton
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
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Picton
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Gisborne
— 2 nights
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Martinborough
— 1 night
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Wellington
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Wellington

— 1 night

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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Wellington is 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Before you visit Picton, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by ferry takes about 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura route website.

Traveling by car from Picton to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

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Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for Wellington on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

You've now added ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Picton to Wellington in 4 hours. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
You've now added Tongariro Alpine Crossing to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Napier.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Napier trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Napier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Gisborne

— 2 nights

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gisborne day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Napier to Gisborne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Martinborough on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Gisborne

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Martinborough

— 1 night
Martinborough is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington region of New Zealand. To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Martinborough trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Gisborne to Martinborough takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll set off for Wellington on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Martinborough

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Wellington

Harbour Capital

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Martinborough to Wellington takes 1.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

New Zealand travel guide

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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.