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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
New Zealand Must-do Itinerary. Begin this unforgettable trip flying into Auckland and travel around these amazing cities by car. You will discover the best of Auckland (> with so many beautiful beaches and Hiking trails waiting to be explored, enjoy nightlife and shopping), Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Kaikoura, Christchurch (home to adrenalin activities such as Jet Boating on the Waimakariri River , Sky diving, Tramping, Hiking and Mountaineering the high country lakes), Lake Tekapo and Queenstown, from the tropical golden beaches of the North Island to the wild and wonderful South Island. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 15 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Auckland and out of Queenstown
  • 7 days car rental
  • Hotel for 2 nights Auckland
  • Hotel for 2 nights Rotorua
  • Hotel for 1 night Napier
  • Hotel for 2 nights Wellington
  • Ferry Wellington - Picton
  • 8 days car rental
  • Hotel for 1 night Picton
  • Hotel for 1 nights Nelson
  • Hotel for 1 night Kaikoura
  • Hotel for 2 nights Christchurch
  • Hotel for 1 night Lake Tekapo
  • Hotel for 2 nights Queenstown

Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From Boston BOS (MA), US for 15 nights
3997.60 * incl.tax
From Chicago CHI (All Airports)(IL), US for 15 nights
3290.10 * incl.tax
From Cincinnati CVG (OH), US for 15 nights
3426.95 * incl.tax
From Dallas DFW (TX), US for 15 nights
3164.03 * incl.tax
From Hana, Maui, HI for 15 nights
12023.87 * incl.tax
From New York City (all Airports) (NY), US for 15 nights
3468.69 * incl.tax
From Seattle SEA (WA), US for 15 nights
2860.82 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Wellington (8)     Auckland (66)     Christchurch (28)     Queenstown (25)     Rotorua (18)     Nelson (1)     Napier (3)     Picton (1)     Kaikoura (3)     Lake Tekapo (4)    
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1. Auckland
  55 hotels
2. Rotorua
   (54 hotels)
3. Napier
   (23 hotels)
4. Wellington
   (42 hotels)
5. Picton
   (11 hotels)
6. Nelson
   (18 hotels)
7. Kaikoura
   (29 hotels)
8. Christchurch
   (71 hotels)
9. Lake Tekapo
   (18 hotels)
10. Queenstown
   (77 hotels)
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2 nights in Auckland

Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand with something to offer everyone. It is one of the world`s most livable and beautiful cities. Auckland boasts a sunny, warm climate with spectacular beaches, a breathtaking harbor, world class shopping, a vibrant nightlife with a diverse population creating a colorful blend of European, Polynesian and Maori cultures. The city is set on a field of ancient volcanoes and breathtaking landscapes with magnificent views of the city set on the harbor. The cities location puts you just half an hour away from the exquisite beaches, hiking and biking trails, secluded islands and a wide range of exciting outdoor activities.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Waitakere Ranges, Rangitoto Island, Waiheke Island, Devonport, Museum of Transport and Technology, Mount Eden, Auckland War, Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain and so much more!



2 nights in Rotorua

The city of Rotorua is one of New Zealand`s most popular destinations, boasting magnificent geothermal springs, rejuvenating spas and Maori culture that date back to the 1900`s. The captivating area of Rotorua sits in the heart of an ancient volcanic zone filled with bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, steaming rocks and hot springs. Visitors travel to Rotorua for world-class mountain biking through the lush landscapes of the Whakarewarewa Forests and white water rafting on the famous Kaituna River. Explore the history and culture of the Maori tribe who call Rotorua home, see the beautiful lakes in the region and enjoy plenty of activities and thrill seeking adventures in this spectacular city.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Lady Knox Geyser, Whakarewarewa Forest, Kaituna River, Blue Baths, The Polynesian Spa, Government Gardens, Rotorua Museum, Wai-o-tapu, Zorb Rotorua, Rotorua Agroventure`s and so much more!



1 nights in Napier

The North Island city is not only the largest city in the sunny Hawke’s Bay region, famous worldwide for its unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture. Napier`s enjoyable Mediterranean-style climate and proximity to one of New Zealand`s foremost wine-producing regions offers an array of activities and attractions worth exploring. The city has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef. Other tourist attractions in Napier include The Hawke`s Bay Museum and Art Gallery which features information on both the 1931 earthquake and Napier`s redesign as an Art Deco city, the National Aquarium and the Soundshell.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Napier`s Art Deco Architecture, National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Tremains Art Deco Weekend, Otatara Pa: A maori Fortified Village, Cape Kidnappers, MTG Hawke`s Bay, Bluff Hill, Napier Cathedral, Te Mata Peak, and so much more!



2 nights in Wellington

Surrounded by a natural amphitheater of wooded hills, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, the country`s second largest urban area. Wellington features a variety of architectural styles ranging from 19th century wooden cottages, such as Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Thorndon, some streamlined Art Deco structures such as the old Wellington Free Ambulance headquarters, to the curves and vibrant colors of post-modern architecture in the CBD.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Beehive, City Gallery Wellington and Cake, Wellington Waterfront, Old St. Paul`s, The Keburn Lookout, Katherine Mansfield House, Wellington Botanic Gardens, Zealandia, Colonial Cottage Museum, Mount Victoria, Cuba Street District, and so much more!



1 nights in Picton

Nestled at the head of the Marlborough Sounds, some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, and located in one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand, Picton is a great holiday destination. It`s the perfect base to explore the Marlborough Sounds and surrounding areas home to one of the largest collections of New Zealand marine life: seahorses, preserved giant squid, sharks, rays, octopus, crayfish, cod, snapper, rocky shore display, life-size Orca and Hectors dolphin models. A wide range of outdoor activities like fishing, walking, tramping, kayaking and cycling is popular with overseas tourists and locals. While in the township, don`t forget to enjoy the gardens on the foreshore, or learn about Queen Charlotte Sound's whaling past at Picton Museum.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, Hike the Queen Charlotte Track, Visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, Kayak the Queen Charlotte Sound, Take a Wine Tour, Visit the Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, Go Fishing, and so much more!



1 nights in Nelson

Located on the shore of Tasman Bay, Nelson is a popular tourist destination, an irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape. It has a vibrant local music and arts scene hosting popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival and the annual Wearable Art Awards. You`ll also find a fabulous mix of amazing food, beautiful beaches, a stunning National Park and gorgeous wineries.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Rent a bike and pedal around the wineries, wander the Saturday market in Montgomery Square, take an adventure walk at Harwoods Hole, Explore six acres of Gardens of the World, Visit Vortex Wind Karting, Visit the native species at Natureland Zoo, Explore the unparalleled scenery at the Abel Tasman National Park, and so much more!



1 nights in Kaikoura

Situated midway between Christchurch and Picton, on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South Island, Kaikoura boasts a unique combination of ocean and mountains offering to its visitors breathtaking coastal alpine scenery. Whether you are looking for relaxation, eco-tourism oriented activities like whale watching, dolphin swimming walks; or you simply look for art, history and culture, or fine wines and cuisine, Kaikoura offers it all. Experience some of the best reef diving in the country, or kayaking around the ruggedly beautiful Peninsula. For those who enjoy walking, the Kaikoura area offers walks for all tastes and levels of fitness, ranging from thirty minutes duration, to half and full day tracks and more energetic tramps and climbs.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Take a Whale Watching Tour, Take a walk on the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and check out the Fur Seal Colony, Swim with the Dolphins, Explore the coastline by Kayak, Discover the Ohau Waterfall Walk, Go Rock Climbing, and so much more!



2 nights in Christchurch

The largest city in the South Island of New Zealand is the charmingChristchurch. The eclectic energetic city has something to offer everyone, bordered by the ocean and hills the activities here are endless. Hike through the magnificent mountains rangers including Mt Cook, go white water rafting, mountain biking, surfing, whale watching, you name it, Christchurch has it. Along with vibrant street art, delicious food and a unique container mall the city that was so badly affected by the earthquakes is re-building itself.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Square, Hagley Park, Avon River, Christchurch Art Gallery, Quake City, Christchurch Tramway, Christchurch Gondola and so much more!



1 nights in Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a village located at the southern end of the lake of the same name in the inland South Island of New Zealand. From New Zealand`s best walking trails and the South Island`s largest lake to glowworm grottos and nerve-jangling jet boats, there are so many reasons to visit this beautiful little town.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Marvel at the beautiful lake, Take a short walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Take flight with an Air Safari, Visit the Mount John University Observatory, Discover the Tekapo Springs, Spend a day on the slopes at the Roundhill Ski Area, and so much more!



2 nights in Queenstown

Queenstown is the epicenter for adventure in New Zealand, known as the `Adventure Capital of the World`. The town is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu and has spectacular views of nearby mountains. Queenstown provides a wide variety of sports including skiing, jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking and hiking. In the winter time Queenstown is a major gathering place for snow sports with people from all over the country, and the world for that matter, traveling to ski here. Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centers and also feature a vibrant nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Queenstown Beach, Lake Wakatipu, Skippers Canyon, Bob`s Peak, Skyline Gondola and Luge, Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown Hill, Coronet`s Peak, Onsen Hot Pools, Otago Wine Region, Arrowtown and so much more!




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Flexible Itinerary
Auckland
Day 1
Arrive to Auckland
Overnight in Auckland   55 hotels offered
Optional   195 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Auckland   55 hotels offered
Optional   195 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Auckland
Transportation to next city by: By Car
Rotorua
Day 3
Arrive to Rotorua
Overnight in Rotorua   54 hotels offered
Optional   40 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Rotorua   54 hotels offered
Optional   40 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Rotorua
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Napier
Day 5
Arrive to Napier
Overnight in Napier   23 hotels offered
Optional   13 Things to do
Day 6
Departing from Napier
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Wellington
Day 6
Arrive to Wellington
Overnight in Wellington   42 hotels offered
Optional   33 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Wellington   42 hotels offered
Optional   33 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from Wellington
Transportation to next city by: Ferry - Wellington to Picton
Picton
Day 8
Arrive to Picton
Overnight in Picton   11 hotels offered
Optional   25 Things to do
Day 9
Departing from Picton
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Nelson
Day 9
Arrive to Nelson
Overnight in Nelson   18 hotels offered
Optional   11 Things to do
Day 10
Departing from Nelson
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Kaikoura
Day 10
Arrive to Kaikoura
Overnight in Kaikoura   29 hotels offered
Optional   18 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Kaikoura
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Christchurch
Day 11
Arrive to Christchurch
Overnight in Christchurch   71 hotels offered
Optional   74 Things to do
Day 12
Overnight in Christchurch   71 hotels offered
Optional   74 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Christchurch
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Lake Tekapo
Day 13
Arrive to Lake Tekapo
Overnight in Lake Tekapo   18 hotels offered
Day 14
Departing from Lake Tekapo
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Queenstown
Day 14
Arrive to Queenstown
Overnight in Queenstown   77 hotels offered
Optional   157 Things to do
Day 15
Overnight in Queenstown   77 hotels offered
Optional   157 Things to do
Day 16
Departing from Queenstown

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Auckland Hotels (55 total)
Rotorua Hotels (54 total)
Napier Hotels (23 total)
Wellington Hotels (42 total)
Picton Hotels (11 total)
Nelson Hotels (18 total)
Kaikoura Hotels (29 total)
Christchurch Hotels (71 total)
Lake Tekapo Hotels (18 total)
Queenstown Hotels (77 total)


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Tours in Auckland (195 total)
Tours in Rotorua (40 total)
Tours in Napier (13 total)
Tours in Wellington (33 total)
Tours in Picton (25 total)
Tours in Nelson (11 total)
Tours in Kaikoura (18 total)
Tours in Christchurch (74 total)
Tours in Queenstown (157 total)


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New Zealand

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, off the southeast coast of Australia, New Zealand is made up of two spectacular islands. The North Island is well known for its beaches, islands, volcanoes, geothermal areas, and Maori heritage, while the major cities of Auckland and Wellington, are also exciting hubs of culture, cuisine and nightlife. The South Island is famous for its dramatic landscapes, outdoor activities, and astounding wildlife. The majestic Southern Alps stretch almost the length of the island, sheltering glaciers, alpine lakes, and some of the world's best skiing.
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Auckland
Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand with something to offer everyone. It is one of the world`s most livable and beautiful cities. Auckland boasts a sunny, warm climate with spectacular beaches, a breathtaking harbor, world class shopping, a vibrant nightlife with a diverse population creating a colorful blend of European, Polynesian and Maori cultures. The city is set on a field of ancient volcanoes and breathtaking landscapes with magnificent views of the city set on the harbor. The cities location puts you just half an hour away from the exquisite beaches, hiking and biking trails, secluded islands and a wide range of exciting outdoor activities.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Waitakere Ranges, Rangitoto Island, Waiheke Island, Devonport, Museum of Transport and Technology, Mount Eden, Auckland War, Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain and so much more!
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Rotorua
The city of Rotorua is one of New Zealand`s most popular destinations, boasting magnificent geothermal springs, rejuvenating spas and Maori culture that date back to the 1900`s. The captivating area of Rotorua sits in the heart of an ancient volcanic zone filled with bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, steaming rocks and hot springs. Visitors travel to Rotorua for world-class mountain biking through the lush landscapes of the Whakarewarewa Forests and white water rafting on the famous Kaituna River. Explore the history and culture of the Maori tribe who call Rotorua home, see the beautiful lakes in the region and enjoy plenty of activities and thrill seeking adventures in this spectacular city.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Lady Knox Geyser, Whakarewarewa Forest, Kaituna River, Blue Baths, The Polynesian Spa, Government Gardens, Rotorua Museum, Wai-o-tapu, Zorb Rotorua, Rotorua Agroventure`s and so much more!
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Napier
The North Island city is not only the largest city in the sunny Hawke’s Bay region, famous worldwide for its unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture. Napier`s enjoyable Mediterranean-style climate and proximity to one of New Zealand`s foremost wine-producing regions offers an array of activities and attractions worth exploring. The city has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef. Other tourist attractions in Napier include The Hawke`s Bay Museum and Art Gallery which features information on both the 1931 earthquake and Napier`s redesign as an Art Deco city, the National Aquarium and the Soundshell.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Napier`s Art Deco Architecture, National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Tremains Art Deco Weekend, Otatara Pa: A maori Fortified Village, Cape Kidnappers, MTG Hawke`s Bay, Bluff Hill, Napier Cathedral, Te Mata Peak, and so much more!
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Wellington
Surrounded by a natural amphitheater of wooded hills, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, the country`s second largest urban area. Wellington features a variety of architectural styles ranging from 19th century wooden cottages, such as Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Thorndon, some streamlined Art Deco structures such as the old Wellington Free Ambulance headquarters, to the curves and vibrant colors of post-modern architecture in the CBD.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Beehive, City Gallery Wellington and Cake, Wellington Waterfront, Old St. Paul`s, The Keburn Lookout, Katherine Mansfield House, Wellington Botanic Gardens, Zealandia, Colonial Cottage Museum, Mount Victoria, Cuba Street District, and so much more!
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Picton
Nestled at the head of the Marlborough Sounds, some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, and located in one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand, Picton is a great holiday destination. It`s the perfect base to explore the Marlborough Sounds and surrounding areas home to one of the largest collections of New Zealand marine life: seahorses, preserved giant squid, sharks, rays, octopus, crayfish, cod, snapper, rocky shore display, life-size Orca and Hectors dolphin models. A wide range of outdoor activities like fishing, walking, tramping, kayaking and cycling is popular with overseas tourists and locals. While in the township, don`t forget to enjoy the gardens on the foreshore, or learn about Queen Charlotte Sound's whaling past at Picton Museum.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, Hike the Queen Charlotte Track, Visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, Kayak the Queen Charlotte Sound, Take a Wine Tour, Visit the Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, Go Fishing, and so much more!
Best Time To Visit Tipping in New Zealand
Nelson
Located on the shore of Tasman Bay, Nelson is a popular tourist destination, an irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape. It has a vibrant local music and arts scene hosting popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival and the annual Wearable Art Awards. You`ll also find a fabulous mix of amazing food, beautiful beaches, a stunning National Park and gorgeous wineries.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Rent a bike and pedal around the wineries, wander the Saturday market in Montgomery Square, take an adventure walk at Harwoods Hole, Explore six acres of Gardens of the World, Visit Vortex Wind Karting, Visit the native species at Natureland Zoo, Explore the unparalleled scenery at the Abel Tasman National Park, and so much more!
Best Time To Visit Tipping in New Zealand
Kaikoura
Situated midway between Christchurch and Picton, on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South Island, Kaikoura boasts a unique combination of ocean and mountains offering to its visitors breathtaking coastal alpine scenery. Whether you are looking for relaxation, eco-tourism oriented activities like whale watching, dolphin swimming walks; or you simply look for art, history and culture, or fine wines and cuisine, Kaikoura offers it all. Experience some of the best reef diving in the country, or kayaking around the ruggedly beautiful Peninsula. For those who enjoy walking, the Kaikoura area offers walks for all tastes and levels of fitness, ranging from thirty minutes duration, to half and full day tracks and more energetic tramps and climbs.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Take a Whale Watching Tour, Take a walk on the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and check out the Fur Seal Colony, Swim with the Dolphins, Explore the coastline by Kayak, Discover the Ohau Waterfall Walk, Go Rock Climbing, and so much more!
Best Time To Visit Tipping in New Zealand
Christchurch
The largest city in the South Island of New Zealand is the charmingChristchurch. The eclectic energetic city has something to offer everyone, bordered by the ocean and hills the activities here are endless. Hike through the magnificent mountains rangers including Mt Cook, go white water rafting, mountain biking, surfing, whale watching, you name it, Christchurch has it. Along with vibrant street art, delicious food and a unique container mall the city that was so badly affected by the earthquakes is re-building itself.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Square, Hagley Park, Avon River, Christchurch Art Gallery, Quake City, Christchurch Tramway, Christchurch Gondola and so much more!
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo is a village located at the southern end of the lake of the same name in the inland South Island of New Zealand. From New Zealand`s best walking trails and the South Island`s largest lake to glowworm grottos and nerve-jangling jet boats, there are so many reasons to visit this beautiful little town.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Marvel at the beautiful lake, Take a short walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Take flight with an Air Safari, Visit the Mount John University Observatory, Discover the Tekapo Springs, Spend a day on the slopes at the Roundhill Ski Area, and so much more!
Best Time To Visit Tipping in New Zealand
Queenstown
Queenstown is the epicenter for adventure in New Zealand, known as the `Adventure Capital of the World`. The town is built around an inlet on Lake Wakatipu and has spectacular views of nearby mountains. Queenstown provides a wide variety of sports including skiing, jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking and hiking. In the winter time Queenstown is a major gathering place for snow sports with people from all over the country, and the world for that matter, traveling to ski here. Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centers and also feature a vibrant nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Queenstown Beach, Lake Wakatipu, Skippers Canyon, Bob`s Peak, Skyline Gondola and Luge, Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown Hill, Coronet`s Peak, Onsen Hot Pools, Otago Wine Region, Arrowtown and so much more!
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