16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Ferry
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Waiheke Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arrowtown
— 1 night
Bus
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Wanaka
— 4 nights
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Queenstown
— 1 night
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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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Waiheke Island

— 1 night

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Planning Waiheke Island trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Waiheke Island, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for the ferry ride to Auckland.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland route planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Waiheke Island in November since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Rotorua on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip planning site.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, Rotorua is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Queenstown

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Sat), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse for treasures at The Barn, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online journey planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Queenstown in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Arrowtown.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Adventure

Arrowtown

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Arrowtown Village and then take a memorable drive along Crown Range Road.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Arrowtown attractions planner.

Arrowtown is just a stone's throw from Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Wanaka

— 4 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Wanaka is known for nature, trails, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, fly down the slopes at Wanaka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Wanaka online holiday maker.

Traveling by bus from Arrowtown to Wanaka takes 4 hours. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Central Art Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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.