12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get outside with Outdoor Activities, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel tool.

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Te Anau is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.
On the 12th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Spas · Outdoors · Parks

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 15th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Mounds Walk, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planning site.

Getting from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Taupo

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

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Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

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.
On the 17th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online vacation builder.

Fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in November, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.