13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sarasota, Florida
Fly + Bus:  29​h
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sarasota, Florida

2
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Gertrude Saddle, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and stroll through Kepler Track.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau online trip maker .

Sarasota, USA to Te Anau is an approximately 29-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Sarasota to Te Anau, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): have fun at Break One and then stroll through Coronet Peak.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

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 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Wellington holiday planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rotorua using our trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. June in Rotorua sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Keep things going the next day: stop by Pauanesia and then get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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