18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
8
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland

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), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland travel route builder app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In July, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wineries Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Te Anau takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

4
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
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.
On the 16th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, thencontemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Before you visit Wellington, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
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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 Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, trek along Ridge Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip app.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, thenlook for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

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