16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly + bus:  20​h
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Auckland Central
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Paihia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  17​h 30​min
Los Angeles

4
days
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 11th (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, trek along The Chasm Walk, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Te Anau is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

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Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
days
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, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Wellington journey maker tool .

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Lava Glass Blowing Studio). Spend the 21st (Wed) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Wellington, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks

2
days
Auckland Central

Auckland Central ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then stroll through Auckland Domain. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower and then meet the residents at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland Central in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in March, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland Central: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland Central

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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

1
day
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 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Auckland Central to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Spas & Wellness

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