16 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
2
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
4
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
5
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
6
Paihia, New Zealand
— 1 night
7
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
8
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 2 nights

2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

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 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
On the 25th (Fri), hike along Lake Gunn, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then trek along The Chasm Walk. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

1
night
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Taupo takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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night
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

1
night
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Caveworld, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online trip builder.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
Paihia, New Zealand

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

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 1st (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Bora Bora is known for wildlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu, and explore the galleries of Bora Art Upstairs.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bora Bora day trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Auckland to Bora Bora in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland to Bora Bora, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Scuba & Snorkeling

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