8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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8 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Newcastle

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 12th (Wed), trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa trip planner .

Newcastle, Australia to Whakapapa is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newcastle to Whakapapa is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

1
night
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 13th (Thu), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Lake Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and finally hike along Huka Falls Walkway.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Te Anau

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.
On the 14th (Fri), hike along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Fox Glacier, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hooker Valley Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and then hike along Kea Point Track.

Plan my trip to Mt. Cook Village with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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