16 days in New Zealand & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Whitianga, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
5
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 1 day
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

3
nights
Whitianga, New Zealand

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Matarangi Beach and Whangamata Beach. Get in touch with nature at Whangapoua Beach and Hot Water Beach. Explore Whitianga's surroundings by going to Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway (in Waihi), Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei) and Moko Artspace (in Hot Water Beach). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Lost Spring and enjoy the sand and surf at Otama Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitianga day trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Whitianga is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Whitianga due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in January, Whitianga is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Otama Beach, Matarangi Beach, Whangamata Beach, Whangapoua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Hells Gate, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Hell's Gate
Highlights from your plan
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Dunedin, New Zealand

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Moeraki Boulders. Do some cultural sightseeing at Otago Museum and Olveston Historic Home. Step out of Dunedin to go to Oamaru and see Moeraki Boulders, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Tunnel Beach Track, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, ride with the locals on Dunedin Railway Station, and make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Dunedin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moeraki Boulders Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rail Tours
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ben Lomond Track and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. Visiting Queenstown Hill and Arrow River will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, get your game on at Dark Ride, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and shop like a local with Silver Fern Gallery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Highlights from your plan
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a stroll through Park Street and then don't miss a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) trip planning website .

Getting from Queenstown to Kolkata (Calcutta) by flight takes about 21 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Queenstown to Kolkata (Calcutta) due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Park Street ©
Park Street
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple

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