17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Ruakuri Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Rotorua

— 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get interesting insight from Redwoods Treewalk, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Taupo

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then hike along Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, get interesting insight from Tours, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 21st (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Taranaki Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Wellington

— 1 night

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 24th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. On the 26th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 3 nights

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Queenstown sightseeing planning app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.