11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  6​h
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Auckland Central
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
Melbourne

3
days
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

1
day
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 5th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington tour planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

4
days
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and aMAZEme. Step out of Rotorua to go to Taupo and see Huka Falls tracks, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua tour planner.

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wellington in January, you will find days in Rotorua are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Huka Falls tracks
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Agrodome ©
Agrodome

2
days
Auckland Central

Auckland Central ©
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 10th (Wed): enjoy a live performance at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Auckland Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip generator.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in January, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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