17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
3
Wellington
— 1 night
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
6
Dunedin
— 1 night
7
Wanaka
— 2 nights
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights

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.
On the 29th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, thenstop by Pauanesia, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Cornwall Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, thensee the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in July: highs in Auckland hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Room Escape Games
Cornwall Park ©
Cornwall Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and OGO Rotorua. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, experience rural life at Agrodome, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua tour site.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in July, plan for little chillier nights in Rotorua, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, River Rafting & Tubing
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Horseback Riding Tours
OGO Rotorua ©
OGO Rotorua
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, thenget to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip tool.

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

1
night
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thenlook for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, thenget engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Point Sheep Shearing Show. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave, thensee majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenexplore the galleries of Art & Design Gallery, and finally stroll through Ohau Stream Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Kaikoura by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
The Point Sheep Shearing Show ©
The Point Sheep Shearing Show

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 6th (Thu), catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Newzengland Ltd - Clay Shooting & Archery Services, thenget engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch tour website.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

1
night
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 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, thenget great views at Signal Hill, and then trek along Sandfly Bay Track.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Oxbow Adventure Co, and then take in the pleasant sights at Beacon Point Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Isthmus Peak Track, thenexamine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, and then trek along Rob Roy Track.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

Take a bus from Dunedin to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Oxbow Adventure Co ©
Oxbow Adventure Co
Spas
The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop ©

3
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 Break One and Glenorchy Animal Experience. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, and get your game on at CaddyShack City Mini Golf.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Glenorchy Animal Experience
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
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Break One ©
Break One
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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