19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  31​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 4 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  36​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

2
nights
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Auckland holiday planning website .

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. November in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 21st (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves itinerary planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, make a trip to Amokura Glass, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker website .

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford and see Milford Foreshore Walk, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, trek along Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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