17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
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Christchurch
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Wellington
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Waiheke Island to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland journey planner.

Hyderabad, India to Auckland is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hyderabad to Auckland is 6.5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Hyderabad in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 3 nights

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 5th (Thu): have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, don't miss a visit to Diminish and Ascend, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, then examine the collection at Quake City, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Christchurch online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Christchurch: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Kapiti Island Nature Tours (in Paraparaumu), Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Martinborough Wine Tours). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and meet the residents at Wellington Zoo.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip website.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Wellington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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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