17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Rotorua
— 3 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
3
Whitianga
— 1 night
4
Paihia
— 4 nights
5
Wanaka
— 3 nights
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights

3
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Kerosene Creek, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua road trip planner.

Wellington to Rotorua is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and then identify plant and animal life at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, appreciate the history behind Sir Colin Meads Statue, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sir Colin Meads Statue, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
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Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, then examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Whitianga trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Whitianga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Hahei Beach Walk
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve ©

4
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whangarei Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Christ Church & Pompallier Mission and Printery) and Town Basin (in Whangarei). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder app.

Drive from Whitianga to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Get outdoors at Wanaka and Blue Pools Track. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip planning website.

Fly from Paihia to Wanaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

3
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arrowtown Village and River Rafting & Tubing. Visiting Ben Lomond Track and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, trek along Queenstown Hill, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nomad Safaris.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown route maker.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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