16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  27​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Milan

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary tool .

Milan, Italy to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Milan to Auckland, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Milan in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Muriwai Gannet Colony
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Kayaking & Canoeing
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua driving holiday website .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, Hobbiton Movie Set
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Kayaking & Canoeing. Go for a jaunt from Christchurch to Akaroa to see The Garden at French Farm about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Diminish and Ascend, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online trip planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Christchurch by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rotorua in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Christchurch, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Akaroa
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Kayaking & Canoeing
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 15th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill, then identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
The World's Steepest Street ©
The World's Steepest Street

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hollyford Track and Break One Clay Target Shooting. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Moke Lake, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown travel route website .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Break One ©
Break One

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