10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: Auckland

1
day
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 10th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central tour builder .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland Central. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland Central can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planning site .

You can drive from Auckland Central to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls tracks, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Prawn Park, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taupo travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks

2
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.
On the 15th (Sat), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

2
nights
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 (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally get your game on at Dark Ride.

Plan trip to Queenstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Speed Boats Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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