16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
2
Wanaka
— 2 nights
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
6
Paihia
— 3 nights

3
nights
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 Queenstown Hill and Ben Lomond Track. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Skydiving. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Central Art Gallery, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, and try to win big at SkyCity Queenstown Casino.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): hike along Roys Peak Track. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wanaka, and then hike along Mount Iron Track.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wanaka vacation site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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 17th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, then brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. Keep things going the next day: see Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip website.

Getting from Wanaka to Wellington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and then go from sight to sight with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and finally hike along Ridge Track.

Plan my trip to Tongariro National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Government Gardens and the Zeus Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Papamoa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Town Basin (in Whangarei) and Nancy Fladgate Track (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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