16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Victoria Falls
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Whangarei Heads
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lake Moeraki
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Victoria Falls

1
day
Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads ©
Whangarei Heads is a locality and promontory on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Smugglers Bay Loop Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whangarei Heads online day trip planner .

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Whangarei Heads is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time (CAT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei Heads

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Smugglers Bay Loop Track ©
Smugglers Bay Loop Track

4
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.
Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and The Old Packhouse Marketfor some retail therapy. Visiting Oneroa Bay and Waitangi Golf Club will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Newport Chocolates in Russell (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stop by South Sea Art, do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and pick up some local products at Bay of Islands Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planning site .

You can drive from Whangarei Heads to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Newport Chocolates ©
Newport Chocolates
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay

2
nights
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 8th (Wed): look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then look for gifts at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls tracks.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Golf
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Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire ©
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

3
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 10th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, then view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then stroll through Gillespies Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sentinel Rock Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Taupo to Fox Glacier takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lake Moeraki.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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hours
Lake Moeraki

Lake Moeraki ©
For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Moeraki holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Lake Moeraki takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Moeraki

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Remarkables Ski Area and Coronet Peak. Do your shopping at The Barn and The Bead Shop. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tee off at Queenstown Golf Club, and look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Queenstown journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Moeraki to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Nature Parks
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Queenstown Golf Club ©
Queenstown Golf Club

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