17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 18th (Tue), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau route planning app.

New Delhi, India to Te Anau is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

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 19th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Taupo

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Taupo with an excursion to Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo tour builder tool.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Rainbow Springs Nature Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip planning website.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Thu), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in January, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

Paihia

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get in on the family fun at Action World. On your second day here, stroll through Paihia Harbour, admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paihia travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Paihia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

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.