I travelled from Barbados to New Zealand at the end of May until mid June. The weather was pretty perfect, chilly but sunny. Definitely do this epic New Zealand itinerary at this time. I think I had 2 rainy days out of the whole trip. I spent 4 weeks here and managed to explore the whole country. Although I did miss a few things here and there but as you would realize it’s almost impossible to do everything in 4 weeks. Follow my epic New Zealand itinerary below and click on the links for each location for more details.
Epic New Zealand Itinerary
I landed in Auckland at 7.30am and hopped on a harbor cruise around 11am. It was rainy so there wasn’t too much to do. That evening I hopped on my Naked Bus to Rotorua and arrived around 9.30pm.
My first day in Rotorua started with a trip to Hobbiton, which is what any other Lord of The Rings fan would do. I finished that day with a long walk around the lake and slept for about 12 hours. The second day I went to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland with my new friend and dorm mate. It was quite a memorable trip since there is no geothermal activity here in Barbados. I relaxed at Crash Palace that afternoon until it was time to check out the Tamaki Village. Tamaki Village was an epic dinner and cultural show. I hopped on my midnight bus to Wellington.
I walked around the harbor and finally visited the I-site to get some information. I walked up and down the main street, visited a few shops and houses of parliament. After I visited the botanic gardens on the tram and then ended the day with an epic trip to WETA workshop. Wellington was a pretty cool city and I wish I spent another day here, but I was too excited to surprise my sister.
I surprised my sister last night and we spent the day exploring Christchurch.
We hopped on the early bus to Kaikoura for a day trip. We booked a seal colony tour and spent the day spotting seals and eating seafood chowder. It’s such a small town so one day to explore was just perfect.
I spent a few days in Christchurch so I could spend time with my sister. These days were normally spent wandering around Christchurch. One day I took a step back through Christchurch’s earthquake history which was an emotional day but very educational.
This part of our epic New Zealand itinerary started with a bus ride to Queenstown where we then picked up a car and explored Mount Cook and the deep south. Check out another South Island guide here.
The last few days were spent making memories in Christchurch. It was nice to have a bit of down time after the hectic last week on the road. It was such an epic trip for the few weeks. For my next trip to New Zealand I’m dying to do as many of the great hikes as possible and visit Abel Tasman. I missed the glaciers but I made up for it on my epic Iceland roadtrip in October