12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu. Keep things going the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Queenstown online attractions planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Queenstown is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Tours

Te Anau

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau online itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour planning site.

Getting from Te Anau to Wellington by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Taupo

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online itinerary planner.

Getting from Taupo to Auckland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

Paihia

— 2 nights
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 11th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip maker app.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.