13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
Drive:  4 h
1
Ohope
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Tauranga
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ohope
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Taupo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Whanganui
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
8
Wellington
— 2 nights
ferry:  3 h 30 min
9
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
10
Kaiteriteri
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
11
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
12
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Queenstown
— 1 night
drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Te Anau
— 1 night
drive:  6 h 30 min
15
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
16
Picton
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h
17
Auckland
— Few hours
End: Auckland

1
night
Ohope

Ohope ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Whakatane Museum and Arts and then take some stellar pictures from Puketapa Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ohope trip planner.

Auckland to Ohope is an approximately 4- hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Ohope

Museums

Side Trip

Whakatane
Highlights from your plan
Whakatane Museum and Arts ©
Whakatane Museum and Arts
Puketapa Lookout ©
Puketapa Lookout

few
hours
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 7th (Mon), stroll through Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then stroll through Mount Maunganui Base Track, and then browse the exhibits of Pohutukawa Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tauranga sightseeing site.

You can drive from Ohope to Tauranga in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pohutukawa Gallery ©
Pohutukawa Gallery

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rotorua day trip site.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ohope.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Ohope

Ohope
To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ohope trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Ohope in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Taupo on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Ohope

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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 8th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then stop by Souvenir Outlet, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Taupo road trip app.

Drive from Ohope to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Trails
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to New Plymouth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park

few
hours
Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Whanganui holiday planner.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Whanganui in 2.5 hours. December in Whanganui sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.
Highlights from your plan
Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower ©
Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower

2
nights
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 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Whanganui to Wellington in 3 hours. Traveling from Whanganui in December, you will find days in Wellington are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

few
hours
Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Picton vacation planning site.

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kaiteriteri.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri
Kaiteriteri is a town and seaside resort in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiteriteri Beach.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kaiteriteri itinerary tool.

Drive from Picton to Kaiteriteri in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stop by Garth Wilson Jade, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Monteith's Brewing Company.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Greymouth travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaiteriteri to Greymouth takes 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Wanaka.

Things to do in Greymouth

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Garth Wilson Jade ©
Garth Wilson Jade
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

1
night
Wanaka

Wanaka
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Greymouth to Wanaka. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, walk around Village Green, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown journey maker.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 15th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

1
night
Christchurch

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll set off for Picton on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, and then explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Picton tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Christchurch to Picton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Picton

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Picton to Auckland takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Picton in December, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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