13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Te Anau — 2 nights

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 with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau visit planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 1 night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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You can fly from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Taupo.
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Taupo — 3 nights

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.
Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo travel planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip website.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Paihia.
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Paihia — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get in on the family fun at Action World.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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