12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
+4
taxi + train + taxi + Fly + bus:  12​h
4
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Paihia online tour planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Volcanic Hills Winery and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Zipline & Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, tee off at 9 Hole Golf Course, and look for gifts at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Take a break from the city and head to Horsemtrails and Rotopounamu Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hike along Moraine Walk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach. Keep things going the next day: trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, then take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and bus from Tongariro National Park to Fox Glacier in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
On the 16th (Mon), do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Remarkables Ski Area, then steep yourself in history at Vesta Design Boutique, and finally make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas

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