17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Whangamata
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Abel Tasman National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

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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.
To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 15 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in February: highs in Auckland hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Whangamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:

3
nights
Whangamata

Whangamata ©
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. Venture out of the city with trips to Hahei (Cathedral Cove Walk & Hahei Beach Walk), Thames (Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum & RAPAURA Watergardens) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Paku, enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, explore the world behind art at Waihi Arts Centre & Museum, and hike along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Whangamata day trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangamata in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Whangamata. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whangamata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waihi, Thames, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Mount Paku
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens

3
nights
Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Zorb Rotorua, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tauranga road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tauranga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

1
day
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 21st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Prawn Park, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls tracks, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. February in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Abel Tasman National Park journey maker website .

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kaiteriteri Beach
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kaiteriteri Beach ©
Kaiteriteri Beach

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef travel app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Franz Josef. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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