16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
6
Auckland
— 2 nights

3
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.
On the 20th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 21st (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Queenstown is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Taipei to Queenstown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

3
nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, and head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mitre Peak
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 26th (Wed), hike along Glencoe Walk, stroll through Ski The Tasman, thenhike along Kea Point Track, and finally head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Mount Cook Alpine Memorial and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) route planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
Taupo

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 28th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, thenmake a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo day trip planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thentake in the natural beauty of Te Puia, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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.
On the 1st (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in August, expect nights in Auckland to be somewhat warmer, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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