16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner
Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Fly
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
7
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
8
Christchurch
— 1 night

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Auckland — 2 nights

City of Sails

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.
Step out of the city life by going to EcoZip Adventures and Rangitoto Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Rangihoua Estate (in Waiheke Island) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, take the plunge with Skydive Auckland, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Auckland. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get interesting insight from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., trek along Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally surround yourself with nature on Spellbound.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online holiday builder.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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 19th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia and then look for all kinds of wild species at Whakaari White Island Volcano.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua visit website.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 1 night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park attractions tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You've now added Nomad Safaris to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and test your team's savvy at Escape Quest Queenstown.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 2 nights

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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a spin around town with Bike Fiordland - Wild Rides, contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier — 1 night

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 28th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Moraine Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier tour itinerary builder site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Fox Glacier in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch holiday site.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Christchurch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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