17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  31​h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Nairobi

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford sound Hwy (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, tee off at Te Anau Golf Club, and examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planning tool .

Nairobi, Kenya to Te Anau is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Nairobi to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford sound Hwy, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

5
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore and learn at Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) and Ivan Clarke Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston) and Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat (in Millers Flat). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll the grounds of Queenstown Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe), Gemston & Fossil Museum Birdlings Flat, Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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Spas
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wellington Cable Car and Southward Car Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough) and Gladstone Vineyard (in Carterton). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, shop like a local with Cuba Street, pause for some photo ops at Paddy the Wanderer Monument, and go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gladstone Vineyard, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Southward Car Museum, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Poppies Martinborough
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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