17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 2 nights

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Te Anau online route planner.

Canberra, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Te Anau is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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nights
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, view the masterpieces at The Ivy Box, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder app.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In March in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

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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nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and get around town with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park planner.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

3
nights
Rotorua

Sulphur City

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in March, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip maker app.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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