13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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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
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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), stroll through The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. On your second day here, 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.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the 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 train, flight, and bus. 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 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 27th (Fri): race across the water with a speed boat tour, look for gifts at Amisfield Cellar Door, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak.

You can plan Queenstown trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Amisfield Cellar Door ©
Amisfield Cellar Door

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.
On the 29th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take in nature's colorful creations 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 photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): wander the streets of Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip planning tool.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland 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, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines and then step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time 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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