12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
4
Auckland
— 1 night
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
7
Taupo
— 1 night

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

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 28th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning site.

Wellington to Queenstown is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. On the 31st (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip maker app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, and then add some adventure to your tour with Bay of Islands Kayaking. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a bird's-eye view with Skydive Bay of Islands, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia road trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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 4th (Mon): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip maker app.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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 (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planning site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

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 8th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip builder tool.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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