12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly

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Paihia

— 4 nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. and Oneroa Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Phantom Sailing in Russell (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, take a leisurely stroll along Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway - Okiato to Russell, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paihia holiday planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Rotorua

— 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier. On your second day here, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, shop like a local with ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rotorua to Fox Glacier in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

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Queenstown

— 2 nights

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 30th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online day trip planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Spas · Tours · Outdoors
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.