17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
3
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
7
Paihia
— 2 nights

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.
To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau tour itinerary planning site.

Adelaide, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Artbay Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. You will leave for Taupo on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Souvenir Outlet, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Te Koutu (in Cambridge), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Te Koutu, Hobbiton Movie Set, McLaren Falls Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get impressive views of Mount Eden, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Auckland driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rotorua in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then see some colorful creatures with Phantom Sailing, and finally hike along Tapeka Point Track. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then see the world from above with Salt Air, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paihia visit planning tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Phantom Sailing ©
Phantom Sailing
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

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