19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  27​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), look for gifts at Pauanesia, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Devonport and then head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Island.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central online vacation planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland Central is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Auckland Central due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, you will find days in Auckland Central are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Redwoods Treewalk will thrill your kids. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls tracks). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner .

Getting from Auckland Central to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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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
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.
On the 28th (Fri), trek along Ruakuri Walk, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip maker tool .

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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 30th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Action World, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, make a short side trip with Day Trips, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Parasailing & Paragliding
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
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.
On the 6th (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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