13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  10 h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
6
Wanaka
— 1 night
bus:  4 h
7
Arrowtown
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Hong Kong

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

Hong Kong, China to Auckland is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Hong Kong in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church of St Peter, then get to know the fascinating history of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue, and finally grab your bike and head to Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hamilton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Te Awa The Great New Zealand River Ride
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Hamilton New Zealand Temple ©
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Cathedral Church of St Peter ©
Cathedral Church of St Peter
Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue ©

1
night
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 21st (Mon), take a stroll through Eat Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hamilton to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Kuirau Park ©
Kuirau Park
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at Godley Head, then take a stroll through Port Hills, then have some family-friendly fun at Uprising, and finally contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Rotorua in December, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Godley Head ©
Godley Head

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kea Point Track and Governors Bush Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Franz Josef Glacier and Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Minnehaha Walk (in Fox Glacier) and Franz Josef (Tatare Tunnels Walk, Peters Pool Walk, &more).

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Tasman Glacier, Minnehaha Walk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get outside with Oxbow The Adventure Co., then stop by Outside Sports Wanaka, and then identify plant and animal life at Roys Bay Recreational Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Outside Sports Wanaka ©
Outside Sports Wanaka

1
night
Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
On the 27th (Sun), stop by The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Hill Trail, stroll through The Sawpit Gully Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bush Creek Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Kawarau Suspension Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Arrowtown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Arrowtown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kawarau Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kawarau Suspension Bridge ©
Kawarau Suspension Bridge
The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop ©
The Remarkable Sweet Shop - Arrowtown Shop

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get your game on at iFLY Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then do a tasting at Brennan Wines, then learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Anglican Church, get your game on at Dark Ride, then hike along Tiki Trail, and finally do a tasting at Amisfield Winery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Queenstown is very close to Arrowtown. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Wineries Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
iFLY Queenstown ©
iFLY Queenstown
Arrow River ©
Arrow River
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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