18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: New Delhi

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muriwai Gannet Colony and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Piha Beach and Waitakere Ranges. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary builder .

New Delhi, India to Auckland is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Auckland, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Piha, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre

4
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.
Relax by the water at Ohope Beach and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Visiting Mount Maunganui Base Track and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip planning website .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Rotorua to be slightly colder, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Okere Falls, Ohope Beach, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Christ Church and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and St Paul's Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paihia trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Russell, Rainbow Falls, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Visit Katiki Point Lighthouse and Olveston Historic Home for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Paul's Cathedral and Otago Museum. Take a break from Dunedin with a short trip to Moeraki Boulders in Oamaru, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, trek along Tunnel Beach Track, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin online holiday planner .

Getting from Paihia to Dunedin by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Moeraki Boulders Beach, Katiki Point Lighthouse
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Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Queenstown Hill. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Iron Track and Helicopter Tours. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

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

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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