16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Taupo
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
6
Paihia
— 4 nights

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Taupo

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.
On the 25th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo road trip planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Taupo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Taupo is 20 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): trek along Mounds Walk, get interesting insight from Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, then trek along Silica Rapids Track, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

For traveler tips, maps, 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 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
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 28th (Thu), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikitapu Nature Walk, get impressive views of 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 delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning tool.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Step out of Fox Glacier with an excursion to Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Gillespies Beach, see Across Country Quad Bikes, hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and get interesting insight from Skydive Fox Glacier.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier journey planning app.

Do a combination of flight and car from Rotorua to Fox Glacier in 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): trek along Queenstown Hill, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Spas

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Bay of Islands Kayaking and Salt Air. Next up on the itinerary: take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paihia online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

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