16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  10​h
1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Dunedin
— 3 nights
5
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ruakuri Walk, identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary app .

Brisbane, Australia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Marokopa Falls Walk ©
Marokopa Falls Walk

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Get outdoors at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Mount Maunganui Base Track. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, hike along Okere Falls Track, and admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua day trip tool .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls Track, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Horseback Riding Tours
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in February: highs in Wellington hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Saint Mary's Church
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

3
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Olveston Historic Home and First Church of Otago will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Otago Museum and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, trek along Tunnel Beach Track, and admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin tour planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ben Lomond Track and Queenstown Hill. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. There's lots more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, get your game on at Dark Ride, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Safaris
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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