16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Newark to Queenstown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can 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
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay), Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip planning website.

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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