16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night

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Paihia

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Opua Forest Lookout Track. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop and then discover the deep blue sea with She's a Lady Sailing Adventures.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6
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Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour
4.6

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound (about 1 hour away). On the 1st (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0
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Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8
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Water Body
Doubtful Sound
4.7

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©

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 2nd (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8
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Spa
Spas
4.5

3
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Tekapo: Mt. Cook Village (Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Glacier Explorers, &more) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo route maker website.

You can drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Highlights from your trip
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Hiking Trail
Hooker Valley Track
4.9
Water Body
Lake Tekapo
4.7
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Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
4.9

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip builder tool.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Taupo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

2
nights
Rotorua

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 10th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Zipline
4.7

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
On the 12th (Sat), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland route planning site.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in December, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

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