10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8 h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary site.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker tool.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, thenadmire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, thenlook for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To plan Whakapapa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough 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.
On the 21st (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): hike along The Chasm Walk, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the 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
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and finally learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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