16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
4
Wellington
— 1 night
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights

1
night
Auckland

Auckland
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.
For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Honolulu, USA to Auckland is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 22 hour difference. When traveling from Honolulu in October, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around 58°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 57°F. You will leave for Paihia on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

2
nights
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 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paihia day trip planning app.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

2
nights
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 6th (Tue), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and then explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taupo holiday planner.

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): learn about all things military at National War Memorial, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush and then have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Godley Head, then wander the streets of Port Hills, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Kiwi Birdlife Park will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ben Lomond Track and Mt Crichton Loop Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Bannock Brae (in Cromwell) and Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door (in Bannockburn). The adventure continues: trek along Lake Hayes Walkway, walk around Village Green, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and do a tasting at Mt Rosa Wines.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Cromwell, Lake Hayes Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

4
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.
Bring the kids along to The Chasm Walk and Mirror Lakes Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Milford sound Hwy and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Punanga Manu o Te Anau, stroll through Gertrude Saddle, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Trout Observatory.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip maker tool.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Mirror Lakes Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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