17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: high temperatures in Wellington hover around 16°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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 6th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, and then stop by Pauanesia.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Auckland Central trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Auckland Central takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland Central when traveling from Wellington in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Huka Honey Hive). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, get interesting insight from Tours, and make a trip to Te Puia.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Auckland Central to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland Central in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 10th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 11th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and hike along Silica Rapids Track.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

1
night
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 13th (Thu), stroll through Ruakuri Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves driving holiday website .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites
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Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and hike along Gertrude Saddle.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Te Anau attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Paihia to Te Anau takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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