16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 1 night
2
Wanaka
— 2 nights
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
4
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
8
Paihia
— 2 nights

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then stroll through Ben Lomond Track. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Queenstown Hill, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown vacation maker site.

Perth, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
Highlights from your plan
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
River Rafting & Tubing

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 4th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanaka, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then trek along Roys Peak Track. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track, and then have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

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

2
nights
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 6th (Sun), trek along Hooker Valley Track, take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, then stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk. On your second day here, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier, and finally identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

Planning Fox Glacier trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

2
nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fyffe House as well as Kaikoura Museum. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohau Stream Walk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and finally identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): Head underground at Maori Leap Cave, then get engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fyffe House, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Weta Workshop. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop, and finally examine the collection at Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kaikoura to Wellington takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Classes · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway
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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Horseback Riding Tours

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night
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 14th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, then trek along Nancy Fladgate Track, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia itinerary builder site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Rainbow Falls
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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