16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 1 night
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
6
Wellington
— 1 night
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
8
Te Anau
— 2 nights

1
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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 28th (Tue): do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paihia road trip planning website.

Dunedin to Paihia is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trip

Byrne Northland Wines
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

1
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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 30th (Thu): meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

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Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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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.
On the 31st (Fri), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Tours, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Rotorua, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo online holiday planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Turoa Ski Area. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, hike along Ridge Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, thenadmire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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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.
On the 8th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 9th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Wilson Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Queenstown day trip planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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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 11th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): hike along The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Mitre Peak
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Helicopter Tours

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