17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Te Anau
— 3 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Wineries · Museums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia road trip planning site.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 27th (Thu), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online route builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Cargo Brewery in Gibbston, approximately Gibbston away. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip website.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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