17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Ohakune
— 2 nights
4
Wellington
— 3 nights
5
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
6
Christchurch
— 5 nights

2
nights
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 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill, contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, thenlearn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Manukau Heads Lighthouse, thenidentify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland travel planner.

Cairns, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Auckland. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cairns in August: highs in Auckland hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally steep yourself in history at Government Gardens. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, thenmake a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, thenget impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip builder site.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Rotorua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ohakune.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

2
nights
Ohakune

Ohakune ©
Ohakune is a small town in the North Island of New Zealand, situated 215 kilometres north of Wellington and 292 kilometres south of Auckland. On the 9th (Sun), let little ones run wild at Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park, trek along Taranaki Falls, thenadmire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, thenhike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally stroll through Silica Rapids Track. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, trek along Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk, stroll through Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead, thenadmire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, and finally make a trip to Ohakune museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ohakune vacation builder tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Ohakune by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Ohakune

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead ©
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as National War Memorial and Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Cobblestones Museum (in Greytown) and Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough, Haythornthwaite Wines, &more). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Wright's Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

You can drive from Ohakune to Wellington in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Martinborough, Cobblestones Museum
Highlights from your plan
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Safaris

1
night
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tee off at Hanmer Pitch & Putt, cruise along Rainbow Road, and then relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. On the next day, stop by The Decadent Fudge Company, take in the exciting artwork at Majuba Gallery, thenhead outdoors with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Queen Mary Hospital.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanmer Springs tour builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Wellington to Hanmer Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors Scenic Drive Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Queen Mary Hospital ©
Queen Mary Hospital

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Visiting Port Hills and Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Geraldine Observatory and Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Ashburton (The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum, Ashburton Aviation Museum, &more) and Arts in Oxford (in Oxford). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, trek along Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online trip planner.

Getting from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ashburton, Geraldine, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, Arts in Oxford
Highlights from your plan
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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