18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  1​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Otorohanga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
National Park Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Blenheim
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Christchurch
— 3 nights
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
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.
You've now added Sky Tower to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary app .

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in June, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Otorohanga.
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower

1
night
Otorohanga

Otorohanga ©
Otorohanga is a north King Country town at the southern end of the Waikato region in the North Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 24th (Wed), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Otorohanga trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Otorohanga takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Otorohanga

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Otorohanga to Rotorua takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
day
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Tongariro River Rafting to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tongariro River Rafting.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online journey planner .

Take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to National Park Village.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro River Rafting
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Tongariro River Rafting ©
Tongariro River Rafting

2
nights
National Park Village

National Park Village ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ruapehu Adventure Rides as well as Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing and then see Ruapehu Adventure Rides.

Plan my National Park Village trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Taupo to National Park Village takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in National Park Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Ruapehu Adventure Rides
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ruapehu Adventure Rides ©
Ruapehu Adventure Rides

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from National Park Village to Wellington takes 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will leave for Picton on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Blenheim online trip builder .

You can drive from Wellington to Blenheim in 4 hours. July in Blenheim sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. You will leave for Christchurch on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Parks
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3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Blenheim in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Christchurch, with lows around 1°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shotover Jet as well as Cardrona Alpine Resort.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Cardrona
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Shotover Jet ©
Shotover Jet
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort

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