17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
Whitianga
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Akeake Historic Reserve Track. Pompallier Mission and Printery and St James Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve in Russell--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia holiday planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paihia is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve

4
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Visiting Matarangi Beach and The Lost Spring will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Whangapoua Beach and Otama Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Opoutere Surf Beach (in Opoutere), The Little Gallery (in Tairua) and Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Opito Bay Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, explore the activities along Mercury Bay, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whitianga online route maker .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Paihia to Whitianga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuaotunu, Hahei Beach Walk, Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, The Little Gallery, Hot Water Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Government Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Rotorua to go to Taupo and see Huka Falls tracks, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and relax in the rural setting at Agrodome.

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Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In March in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wanaka and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Escape the urban bustle at Queenstown Hill and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Helicopter Tours in Wanaka, about 1h 20 min away. On the 14th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, take a memorable tour with Tours, get your game on at Dark Ride, and view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

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You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
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Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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