11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound & Lake Te Anau). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown attractions tool .

Tokyo, Japan to Queenstown is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tokyo to Queenstown, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then have fun at Velocity Karts, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Queenstown to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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 28th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, find something for the whole family at Mind Junction, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taupo online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park ©
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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