16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  22 h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Atlanta

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 16th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Auckland online trip builder.

Atlanta, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from Atlanta, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua itinerary planner.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in April since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rotorua in April: highs in Wellington hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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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

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 22nd (Wed): get some thrills on 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: do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip builder.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

KeriKeri New Zealand, Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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