10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Whakapapa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 17th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

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

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Huka Prawn Park, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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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
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa travel planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour site .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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