12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, trek along The Chasm Walk, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau driving holiday planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Dark Ride, push the limits with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then catch a ride with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then stroll through Mead's Wall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip planning website .

Drive from Wellington to Whakapapa in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 29th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally hike along Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then try out the rides at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, listen to music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Auckland vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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