16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  12 h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

1
night
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.
To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Honolulu, USA to Auckland is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 22 hour difference. When traveling from Honolulu in October, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around 58°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 57°F. You will leave for Paihia on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paihia day trip planning app.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 6th (Tue), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and then explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Great Lake Taupo, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taupo holiday planner.

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Great Lake Taupo ©
Great Lake Taupo

1
night
Wellington

Wellington ©
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 8th (Thu): learn about all things military at National War Memorial, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife
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Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, get your game on at Velocity Karts, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Godley Head, wander the streets of Port Hills, and then explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in October, expect little chillier with lows of 42°F in Christchurch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Lake Hayes Walkway. Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door and Fallen Soldiers Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Cromwell to see Bannock Brae about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, do a tasting at Mt Rosa Wines, stroll around Village Green, and stroll through Mt Crichton Loop Track.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Queenstown online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cromwell, Lake Hayes Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at The Chasm Walk and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Explore hidden gems such as Mirror Lakes Walk and Punanga Manu o Te Anau. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Gertrude Saddle and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Trout Observatory.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Mirror Lakes Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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