17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  10 h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown road trip site .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
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 29th (Sun): hike along Catchpool Loop Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Wellington holiday maker website .

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. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Catchpool Loop Walk
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Catchpool Loop Walk ©
Catchpool Loop Walk

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi (about 34 minutes away).

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Whakapapa vacation planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Whakapapa in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Caveworld, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Te Puia.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
On the 7th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, explore the activities along Devonport, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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