19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Wanaka
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arrowtown Village and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Queenstown Hill and Lake Te Anau. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see The Chasm Walk in Te Anau, approximately Te Anau away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Ben Lomond Track, stop by The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Queenstown using our trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Te Anau
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wanaka and Horseback Riding Tours. Rippon Vineyard and Wanaka Fine Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Mount Iron Track, get your game on at Puzzling World, and trek along Blue Pools Track.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka attractions planning app .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, pause for some photo ops at Paddy the Wanderer Monument, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Wellington by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at 3D Trick Art Gallery and Government Gardens. Attractions like Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rotorua route maker website .

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tauranga
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

2
nights
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 (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then make a trip to Ed Hillary Walkway, and finally step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ed Hillary Walkway, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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