9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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9 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 1 day
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Brisbane

1
day
Paihia

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 21st (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

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Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online trip maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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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 23rd (Mon), admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 24th (Tue), trek along Sealy Tarns Track and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Taupo to Fox Glacier takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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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.
On the 26th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary site .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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