13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  10 h
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Te Anau.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau travel route site.

Brisbane, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Te Anau is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 24th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Plan my day in Wellington using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
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 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Taupo route builder.

Fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then get in on the family fun at Action World. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Bay of Islands Farmers Market, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bay of Islands Farmers Market
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy SkyTower and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rainbow's End Theme Park, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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