13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  4 h
1
Ohope
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Tauranga
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ohope
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Taupo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Whanganui
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
8
Wellington
— 2 nights
ferry:  3 h 30 min
9
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
10
Kaiteriteri
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
11
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
12
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Queenstown
— 1 night
drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Te Anau
— 1 night
drive:  6 h 30 min
15
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
16
Picton
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h
17
Auckland
— Few hours
End: Auckland

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Ohope

Ohope ©
On the 6th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Whakatane Museum and Arts and then get great views at Puketapa Lookout.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ohope route maker site.

Auckland to Ohope is an approximately 4- hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Ohope

Museums

Side Trip

Whakatane
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
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Whakatane Museum and Arts ©
Whakatane Museum and Arts
Puketapa Lookout ©
Puketapa Lookout

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and then look for gifts at Pohutukawa Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Ohope to Tauranga takes 1.5 hours. In December in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Pohutukawa Gallery ©
Pohutukawa Gallery

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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 (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ohope.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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night
Ohope

Ohope
To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ohope trip maker site.

Getting from Rotorua to Ohope by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will leave for Taupo on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Ohope

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Souvenir Outlet, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taupo tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ohope to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to New Plymouth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Whanganui online tour planner.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Whanganui in 2.5 hours. December in Whanganui sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Durie Hill Elevator & Elevator Tower ©

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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 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington planning site.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to Wellington takes 3 hours. While traveling from Whanganui, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Wellington, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Picton online route planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kaiteriteri.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri
Kaiteriteri is a town and seaside resort in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiteriteri Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaiteriteri day trip app.

Drive from Picton to Kaiteriteri in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Kaiteriteri

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 12th (Sat), stop by Garth Wilson Jade, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Greymouth trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kaiteriteri to Greymouth in 4 hours. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Greymouth

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park
Garth Wilson Jade ©
Garth Wilson Jade
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company

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night
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.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wanaka road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Greymouth to Wanaka. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, walk around Village Green, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

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Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, and then identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau day trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Christchurch fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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Picton

Picton ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, and then explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Picton itinerary site.

Getting from Christchurch to Picton by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Museums Nature
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online tour itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Picton to Auckland in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Picton in December since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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