19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

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 outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paihia Harbour. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia vacation website .

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Adelaide to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally Head underground at Ruakuri Cave.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Get outdoors at Taranaki Falls and Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Visiting Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Zipline will get you outdoors. Take a break from Taupo with a short trip to Te Puia in Rotorua, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, view the masterpieces at L'Arte, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 12th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier and then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then stroll through Gillespies Beach, and then trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip planner .

Getting from Taupo to Fox Glacier by combination of flight and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the galleries of Artbay Gallery, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau tour planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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