16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
4
Wanaka
— 2 nights
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua journey planner.

New Delhi, India to Rotorua is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Rotorua. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Rotorua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo journey planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Kayaking & Canoeing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable excursion with Day Trips.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Thunder Creek Falls, then stroll through Blue Pools Track, then hit the slopes at Wanaka, and finally hike along Mount Iron Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Paihia to Wanaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Thunder Creek Falls ©
Thunder Creek Falls
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 25th (Fri), stroll through Gillespies Beach, then stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally trek along Moraine Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, then explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arrowtown Village and Off-Road Tours. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Ben Lomond Track. There's still lots to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trek along Queenstown Hill.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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