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:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
day
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 1st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, and then stop by Pauanesia.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland Central day trip app .

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland Central is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland Central due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in January; daily highs in Auckland Central reach 22°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

2
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church, trot along with a tour on horseback, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Auckland Central to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Action World and Swim with Dolphins. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 9th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau journey planner.

Getting from Paihia to Te Anau by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Routeburn Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and stop by The Barn.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown vacation maker .

Drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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