16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
1
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Newark

5
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.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip builder .

Newark, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Newark to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Okareka Walkway.

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You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Rotorua are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online journey maker .

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
nights
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and do a tasting at Foxes Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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