12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Hyderabad

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Holy Trinity Cathedral and Coast-to-Coast Walkway are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Mangawhai Beach and Whatipu Beach. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Warkworth (Horse Riding Warkworth & Of Hand & Heart), Mangawhai (Mangawhai Walkway & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach, do a tasting at Westbrook Winery, wander the streets of Wynyard Quarter, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland route planner.

Hyderabad, India to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Hyderabad in December, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mangawhai, Waimauku, Warkworth, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, Karekare Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
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Whatipu Beach ©
Whatipu Beach
Mangawhai Beach ©
Mangawhai Beach
TSB Wallace Arts Centre ©
TSB Wallace Arts Centre

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 12th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Government Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Papamoa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Blue Lake Track, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in December, you will find days in Rotorua are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Makara Beach, learn about all things military at Dominion Museum, see the interesting displays at The One Room Fan Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kura Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Mary of the Angels, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tonga Island Marine Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Dominion Museum ©
Dominion Museum
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Makara Beach ©
Makara Beach

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 15th (Sun), browse the different shops at Re:START, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and finally wander the streets of Port Hills. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, see the interesting displays at Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Akaroa Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hinewai Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder app .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Christchurch, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Kayaking & Canoeing
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum

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