16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + bus + train:  29​h
1
Kaikoura
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Darfield
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Paihia
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Rotorua
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Hinuera
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
The Point Sheep Shearing Show has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): trek along Ohau Stream Walk and then admire all the interesting features of The Point Sheep Shearing Show.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kaikoura route maker site .

Toronto, Canada to Kaikoura is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kaikoura is 17 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darfield.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

1
night
Darfield

Darfield ©
Darfield is a town in the Selwyn District of the South Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Middle Rock Sheep Farm Tour.

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

Drive from Kaikoura to Darfield in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Darfield are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Te Anau.
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Middle Rock Farm Tour and Farmstay ©
Middle Rock Farm Tour and Farmstay

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau holiday site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Darfield to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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night
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
You've now added Wanaka Parasailing to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), glide through the air with Wanaka Parasailing.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wanaka online trip planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Wanaka Parasailing ©
Wanaka Parasailing

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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.
Horse Trek'n has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Horse Trek'n.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paihia day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiwi Cave Rafting. On the 21st (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with Kiwi Cave Rafting, and finally admire all the interesting features of Piopio Berry Orchard.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Piopio Berry Orchard
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Kiwi Cave Rafting ©
Kiwi Cave Rafting
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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.
Rafting Adventure has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Blue Lake Track and Te Puia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and Kerosene Creek. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, have some family-friendly fun at Zorb Rotorua, and try for a hole-in-one at Mini Golf Rotorua.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hinuera.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track
Waimangu Cauldron ©
Waimangu Cauldron

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nights
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hinuera day trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Hinuera by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Whitianga on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

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nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Stingray Bay and then make a trip to Stu's Wild Pig Farm. On your second day here, hike along Cathedral Cove Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hahei Beach Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whangapoua Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Whitianga itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hinuera to Whitianga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. February in Whitianga sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hahei, Whangapoua Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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