17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Tapeka Point Track about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tapeka Point Track, KeriKeri New Zealand
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

1
night
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 27th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, get all the equipment you need at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Plan my trip to Taupo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wellington day trip planning tool.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Cargo Brewery in Gibbston, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Stitching Post, Cargo Brewery
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, trek along Lake Gunn, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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