19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific attractions planner
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Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Ferry to Picton, Taxi to Blenheim
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Oamaru
— 1 night
Drive
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Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night

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Auckland — 4 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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sky Tower, stroll around Auckland Domain, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland route planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland as well as River Rafting & Tubing. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

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Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, Rotorua is little chillier at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.
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New Plymouth — 1 night

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll around Pukekura Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to New Plymouth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Wellington.
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Wellington — 2 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.
To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Blenheim.
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Blenheim — 2 nights

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Lawson’s Dry Hills, then see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, and then do a tasting at Cloudy Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Blenheim road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Blenheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daytime highs in Blenheim are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens and then don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planning tool.

You can fly from Blenheim to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Blenheim in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oamaru.
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Oamaru — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Te Ana Maori Rock Art as well as Caroline Bay Beach. On the 15th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, then get a dose of the wild on Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The New Zealand Whisky Company.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oamaru visit planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Oamaru in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.
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Dunedin — 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Larnach Castle & Gardens has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin online itinerary planner.

Getting from Oamaru to Dunedin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've now added Arrowtown Village to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then make a trip to Arrowtown Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Queenstown travel route app.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): hike along Moraine Walk and then hike along Minnehaha Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip site.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Discover how to plan a Christchurch trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll set off for Auckland on the 21st (Tue).
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village and then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 72°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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Marlborough Region travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Specialty Museums
Discover the rolling hills of Marlborough Region, a premier wine-growing area located at the top of New Zealand's South Island. With bays dotted with scenic islands, native forests, and a temperate climate, you'll find you can fill your Marlborough Region itinerary with more than just famous grapes and vintages. However, if you do find yourself in the mood for a tipple, the region has over 40 cellar doors (winery tasting rooms) that you can visit through an organized wine tour, via one of the many bike trails, or on an evening stroll.
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