13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + bus:  10​h
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
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.
On the 25th (Wed), trek along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, then explore the activities along Ivan Wilson Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht 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
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 27th (Fri): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then hit the slopes at Coronet Peak.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Wellington route maker site .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip builder website .

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip maker tool .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Paihia Bookshop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines and then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

Find out how to plan Paihia trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Byrne Northland Wines
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

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