19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Tongariro National Park
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— 3 nights


Auckland — 8 nights

City of Sails

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rainbow's End Theme Park, Piha Beach, Viaduct Harbour, and other attractions you added. For shopping fun, head to Pauanesia or The Strand Arcade. Get outdoors at Browns Bay Beach and Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and Kitekite Falls (in Piha). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland online trip itinerary builder.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Traveling from Colombo in December, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (20°C), and nights are slightly colder (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rotorua.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips
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Rotorua — 2 nights

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.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rotorua Antiques & Collectables, and then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Helium Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Tongariro National Park — 1 night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then hike along Taranaki Falls, and finally get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu. On your second day here, trek along Mounds Walk, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and finally hike along Rotopounamu Track.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trip
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Wellington — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes City Gallery Wellington as well as Weta Workshop. Get outdoors at Oriental Bay and ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary. Kids will enjoy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Parliament. There's more to do: wander the streets of Cuba Street and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife
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New Zealand travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.