21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Da Nang
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Da Nang

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 15th (Tue): wander the streets of Port Hills, stroll through Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and then make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Riccarton House & Bush, make a trip to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Christchurch using our trip planner.

Da Nang, Vietnam to Christchurch is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Da Nang to Christchurch is 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks and Amisfield Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rippon Vineyard and Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Wanaka) and Cromwell (Highlands - Experience the Exceptional & Bannock Brae). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, hike along Ben Lomond Track, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Cromwell
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks ©
Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Lake Te Anau and Gertrude Saddle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Chasm Walk and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Gunn and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online day trip planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Dunedin

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hike along Sandfly Bay Track, then kick back and relax at St Clair Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin trip itinerary maker site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 26th (Sat), look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, then trek along Manginangina Kauri Walk, and finally trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Government Gardens and Volcanic Hills Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and trek along Blue Lake Track.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip maker app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. Visiting Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind National War Memorial, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and see Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington vacation builder app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Off-Road Tours

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