16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Kuala Lumpur

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through The Parrot Place, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then stroll through Paihia Harbour. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paihia online attractions planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paihia is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Paihia, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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You can fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 17th (Thu), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Caveworld, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Ruakuri Walk and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves road trip app.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Wanaka.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

Wanaka

— 2 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanaka, then hike along Mount Iron Track, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Wanaka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Te Anau

— 1 night
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 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 21:

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 22nd (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and then explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu. On the next day, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then trek along Queenstown Hill, and then trek along Ben Lomond Track.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier route maker.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

Akaroa

— 2 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
On the 26th (Sat), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hinewai Reserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaroa driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Akaroa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Akaroa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

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.