17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Hinuera
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Taupo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
9
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  23 h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
You've added Wynyard Quarter, Brothers Beer, SkyTower, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Villa Maria Auckland Winery.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary builder app.

Chicago, USA to Auckland is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Chicago to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hinuera.

Things to do in Auckland

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arataki Visitor Centre, Villa Maria Auckland Winery, Karekare Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Villa Maria Auckland Winery ©
Villa Maria Auckland Winery
Parnell ©
Parnell

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hours
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
On the 8th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hinuera day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hinuera takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Hinuera, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 52°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Waitomo Adventures has been added to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Hinuera to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waitomo Adventures ©
Waitomo Adventures

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nights
Rotorua

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.
Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thencontemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, thenidentify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Taupo on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

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hours
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): gain a rich perspective with Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo.

Before you visit Taupo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
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Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo ©
Sail Barbary - Eco Sailing Taupo

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nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, thengrab your bike and head to Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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nights
Wellington

Wellington
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 Mount Kaukau as well as ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, thensee the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, thentake a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip tool.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Space Place at Carter Observatory ©
Space Place at Carter Observatory
Mount Kaukau ©
Mount Kaukau

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planning app.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in October, with lows around 42°F. You will leave for Fox Glacier on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Helicopter Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planning site.

You can drive from Christchurch to Fox Glacier in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Helicopter Tours
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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