17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 day
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6
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Ballet
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
3.8

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online road trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: 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 take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Must see
Zipline
4.7

3
nights
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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.8

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 14th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's much more to do: trek along Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Waterfall
Taranaki Falls
4.7
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Hiking Trail
Silica Rapids Track
4.6

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 17th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour builder app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8
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Spa
Spas
4.5

4
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. On the 20th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, and stroll through Lake Marian Track.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip builder website.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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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

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night
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 23rd (Wed): stop by Paihia Bookshop, take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paihia holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.9
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Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour
4.6

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