12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  22​h
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Dunedin
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Hokitika
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  7​h
4
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: New Delhi

1
night
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 24th (Thu): hike along Queenstown Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool .

New Delhi, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Skydiving

1
night
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 26th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then trek along Tunnel Beach Track, and finally tour in style with a train tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin road trip website .

Drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Museums Childrens Museums
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Rail Tours
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

1
night
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 27th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery Co-op, enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hokitika trip planner.

You can fly from Dunedin to Hokitika in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring, kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach. On your second day here, stop by Bread & Butter Gallery, then kick back and relax at Otama Beach, and then kick back and relax at New Chums Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitianga day trip app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hokitika to Whitianga in 7 hours. In January, daytime highs in Whitianga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otama Beach, New Chums Beach, Hot Water Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
New Chums Beach ©
New Chums Beach

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 30th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the natural beauty of Hells Gate. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour builder .

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Hells Gate
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On the next day, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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