16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip builder

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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Nelson
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitangi
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Wellington

— 2 nights

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 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and finally pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then 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.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Wellington is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Wellington due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Transportation

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, then get your game on at Dark Ride, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, do a tasting at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary site.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Wineries

Nelson

— 1 night

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, then make a trip to Broadgreen Historic House, then get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, and finally stop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nelson online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Nelson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Nelson

Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then trek along Huka Falls Walkway, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Huka Prawn Park, meet the residents at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, and then cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

Make your Taupo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Nelson to Taupo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally catch some excitement at Amokura Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Rotorua sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Tauranga

— 1 night
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park, kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, then hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Base Track.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tauranga route planning app.

Drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hamilton Zoo, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton vacation app.

You can drive from Tauranga to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Waitangi.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Waitangi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waitangi visit planner.

Drive from Hamilton to Waitangi in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitangi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Auckland

— 2 nights

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 24th (Fri), enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland visit app.

Drive from Waitangi to Auckland in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nightlife

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.