16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
7
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
8
Christchurch
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to EcoZip Adventures and Rangitoto Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and Rangihoua Estate (in Waiheke Island). 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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Adventure Parks

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Skydive Auckland ©
Skydive Auckland

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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.
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, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

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 take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. ©
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

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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.
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, thenidentify plant and animal life at Whakaari White Island Volcano, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Whakaari White Island Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
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 travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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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.
You've now added Nomad Safaris to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kiwi Birdlife Park. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see Off-Road Tours.

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

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Nomad Safaris ©
Nomad Safaris
Zipline

2
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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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Mirror Lakes Walk will get you outdoors. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. And it doesn't end there: see Wild Rides, contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and trek along Lake Gunn.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Wild Rides ©
Wild Rides
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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night
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 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, thentour 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Helicopter Tours

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Christchurch

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, thenexamine 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 do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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