11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Russell
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Napier
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h 15 min
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. On the 9th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, and then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Russell itinerary planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Russell is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Russell due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites
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Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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 10th (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, then take a stroll through Eat Street, and finally have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, then explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and finally admire all the interesting features of Government Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Russell to Rotorua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Eat Street ©
Eat Street

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Napier trip maker website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Napier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Napier

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and finally make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

Make your Kaikoura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Napier to Kaikoura in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

1
night
Dunedin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour in style with a train tour and then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kaikoura to Dunedin by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Childrens Museums Museums
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Rail Tours
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Speight’s Brewery ©
Speight’s Brewery

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Fear Factory Queenstown. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Arrowtown Village, have some family-friendly fun at Thrillzone Queenstown, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village

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