18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Columbus
Fly:
34​h
Wanaka
— 3 nights
bus:
2​h 30​min
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:
2​h 30​min
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:
3​h 45​min
Dunedin
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:
4​h 15​min
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:
3​h 45​min
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:
29​h
Columbus

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3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wanaka and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, learn about winemaking at Rippon, and stroll through Mount Iron Track.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka travel planner.

Columbus, USA to Wanaka is an approximately 34-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Columbus to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

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Queenstown


Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Helicopter Tours and Mr. Whippy. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take advantage of the amenities at Arrowtown Village, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Te Anau.

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SIDE TRIP : Arrowtown Village
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2
days
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.
On the 9th (Thu), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along The Chasm Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound and then explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

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2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Otago Peninsula. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Te Anau to Dunedin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

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Christchurch


Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hagley Park and The Giants House. Step out of Christchurch to go to Akaroa and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Velocity Karts Ltd, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.

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SIDE TRIP : The Giants House
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, then steep yourself in history at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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