19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown holiday website .

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Zipline

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then hike along Moraine Walk, and finally trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier itinerary maker .

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, then hike along Hooker Valley Track, and then trek along Kea Point Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Red Tarns Track, hike along Sealy Tarns Track, and then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, trek along The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Escape the urban bustle at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, & more). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Souvenir Outlet, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taupo attractions app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Taupo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 29th (Sun), trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Horsemtrails and then explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Byrne Northland Wines. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Paihia Harbour. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia visit planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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