13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive
7
Auckland
— 1 night

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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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua travel route builder.

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in May since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo online route planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Wellington trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Fri), stroll through Red Tarns Track, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. Keep things going the next day: hike along Governors Bush Walk, then hike along Glencoe Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and finally trek along Mueller Hut Route.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

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 6th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown driving holiday planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Paihia

— 1 night
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 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and then identify plant and animal life at She's a Lady Sailing Adventures.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Auckland journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Auckland are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

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.