25 days in Marlborough & New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to Marlborough
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gisborne, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Napier, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Marlborough, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Marlborough is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire on the Old Bath Road, the old main road from London to Bath. Change things up with these side-trips from Marlborough: Salisbury (Stonehenge & Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta), Malmesbury Abbey (in Malmesbury) and Hawk Conservancy Trust (in Weyhill). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Westonbirt Arboretum and explore the ancient world of Avebury Stone Circle.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marlborough itinerary planning tool.

Jerusalem, Israel to Marlborough is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Marlborough. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marlborough to Auckland. Traveling from Marlborough to Auckland, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 4 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with a short trip to Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, soothe aching muscles at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 4 nights

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gisborne.
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Gisborne, New Zealand — 2 nights

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tairawhiti Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church, then take a peaceful walk through Eastwoodhill Arboretum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Rere Rockslide. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf, learn about winemaking at Matawhero Wines, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Waikanae Beach Playground.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gisborne trip planning app.

Getting from Rotorua to Gisborne by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Napier.
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Napier, New Zealand — 2 nights

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium of New Zealand and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Askerne Vineyards, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Gannet Safaris Overland.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Gisborne to Napier takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington, New Zealand — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Napier to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.
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Christchurch, New Zealand — 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 25th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Christchurch. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 4 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'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Lake Te Anau, &more). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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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Hawke's Bay Region travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Mountains
Hiking across the gentle hills, seeing vineyard after picturesque vineyard, before stopping in for an award-winning glass from New Zealand's self-professed "Wine Country": a holiday in Hawke's Bay Region is perhaps best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The warm climate makes it a great place for a walking or cycling trip, while the rugged coast yields exciting opportunities to observe of one of the world's largest gannet colonies. Art Deco-decked Napier, and its popular museums and galleries, offers a charming counterpoint to the lush greenery.
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