19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Taxi + 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
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip tool.

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 5th (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thentrek along Ruakuri Walk, thenHead underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Popular historic sites such as Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt are in your itinerary. Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Whakapapa to go to Tongariro National Park and see Horsemtrails, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Whakapapa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

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.
For shopping fun, head to New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute or Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary. Get a sense of the local culture at Te Puia and L'Arte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Zipline). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and then hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Taupo to Fox Glacier in 13 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Artbay Gallery, thenrace across the water with a speed boat tour, thenview the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online day 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
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along Lake Gunn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 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 Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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