16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
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: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, hike along Lake Marian Track, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip maker tool .

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 8th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, stroll through Coronet Peak, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

Plan trip to Queenstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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 12th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip maker .

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. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Great Alpine Highway
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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.
Kids will enjoy Huka Prawn Park and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, and kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach.

Discover how to plan a Taupo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Horsemtrails, stroll through Rotopounamu Track, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves tour planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Auckland online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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