13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Hamilton
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Arrowtown
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights

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Auckland

Auckland

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.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

Hong Kong, China to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Hong Kong in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church of St Peter, then get to know the fascinating history of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue, and finally grab your bike and head to Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hamilton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
On the 21st (Mon), take a stroll through Eat Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hamilton to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
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Must see
Eat Street
4.2
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Must see
Redwoods Treewalk
4.5

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at Godley Head, then take a stroll through Port Hills, then have some family-friendly fun at Uprising, and finally contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Rotorua in December, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Port Hills
4.8
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Historic Site
Riccarton House & Bush
4.5
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Geologic Formation
Godley Head
4.9

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peters Pool Walk and Tatare Tunnels Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Franz Josef Glacier and Sentinel Rock Walk. Take a break from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with a short trip to Minnehaha Walk in Fox Glacier, about 40 minutes away.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Peters Pool Walk
4.4

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with Oxbow Adventure Co and then gear up at Outside Sports Wanaka.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Oxbow Adventure Co
5.0
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Outside Sports Wanaka
3.8

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Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
On the 27th (Sun), stop by The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Hill Trail, stroll through The Sawpit Gully Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bush Creek Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Kawarau Suspension Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arrowtown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

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Highlights from your trip

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

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 28th (Mon): get your game on at iFLY Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then do a tasting at Brennan Wines, then learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Anglican Church, get your game on at Dark Ride, then hike along Tiki Trail, and finally do a tasting at Amisfield Winery.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Queenstown is just a stone's throw from Arrowtown. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Arrow River
4.6
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Entertainment Center
iFLY Queenstown
4.8
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Hiking Trail
Tiki Trail
4.5

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