16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
Te Anau
— 2 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:  2​h 15​min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau online trip itinerary builder .

Bengaluru, India to Te Anau is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Wellington travel planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Whakapapa trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Wellington to Whakapapa in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

3
nights
Rotorua

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 (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church, make a trip to Amokura Glass, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua attractions website .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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 22nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Paihia Bookshop, then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and then steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paihia vacation planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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