19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Drive
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 3 nights

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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 (Mon): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip itinerary planning tool.

Queenstown to Paihia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 16:

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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 17th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online day trip planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:

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Wellington

Harbour Capital

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 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wellington online journey maker.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:

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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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau route site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Coronet Peak, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown vacation maker app.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

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.