13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Rotorua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo online vacation planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 11th (Sun), trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, hike along Taranaki Falls, then trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and finally trek along Ridge Track.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 13th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington online trip maker.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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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 (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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 16th (Fri), trek along The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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