10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 1 day
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Picton
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planning website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Wellington. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

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Picton

Picton ©

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate and then learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Picton online travel planner.

Getting from Wellington to Picton by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries

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Winery / Vineyard
Framingham Wines
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Winery / Vineyard
Nautilus Estate
4.9

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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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. On the 23rd (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and see Wild Rides.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Te Anau online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Picton to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0
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Water Body
Milford Sound
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Off-Road Tour
Wild Rides
4.9

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Parks · Wildlife · Spas
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8
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Spa
Spas
4.5

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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 26th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Pioneer Rafting and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka driving holiday planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure
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Water Body
Lake Wanaka
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River Rafting / Tubing
Pioneer Rafting
5.0

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, then race across the water with Tekapo Jet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Lake Tekapo trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
5.0
Water Body
Lake Tekapo
4.7

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

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 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch travel planning site.

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
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History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6

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Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Rotorua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Christchurch in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Rotorua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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Must see
Zipline
4.7
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Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

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