16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Invercargill Airport, Drive to Stewart Island
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Stewart Island
— 1 night
Drive to Invercargill Airport, Fly to Dunedin Airport
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Dunedin
— 1 day
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Picton
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coromandel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 day
Drive
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive to Kaitaia Airport, Fly to Wellington International Airport

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Stewart Island

On the 2nd (Sat), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then head off the coast to Ulva Island.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Stewart Island journey planner.

Wellington to Stewart Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Dunedin

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, let your taste buds guide you at Cadbury World Experience, and then explore and take pictures at The Royal Albatross Centre.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Dunedin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

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Queenstown

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 4th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Adventure

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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 5th (Tue), stroll through Queen Charlotte Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at The National Whale Centre, then go for a stroll along the water at Picton Sound, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Picton trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Queenstown to Picton in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Taupo

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 7th (Thu): stop by Souvenir Outlet, then stroll around Huka Prawn Park, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo itinerary planner.

Getting from Picton to Taupo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

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Tauranga

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 8th (Fri), take a tour by water with Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, then trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally take the plunge with Skydive Tauranga.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tauranga route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tauranga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tauranga are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coromandel.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Coromandel

Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Lost Spring and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Waikawau Beach, then kick back and relax at New Chums Beach, then tour the old-fashioned way with Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, and finally make a trip to The 309 Road.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Coromandel online holiday planner.

You can drive from Tauranga to Coromandel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. January in Coromandel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Coromandel

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Auckland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Coromandel to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Coromandel in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand. On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, identify plant and animal life at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cape Reinga road trip planning app.

You can drive from Paihia to Cape Reinga in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Highlights from your trip

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.

Bay of Islands travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Swim with Dolphins · Dolphin & Whale Watching
World-renowned place for big-game fishing, the subtropical microregion of Bay of Islands has enjoyed fame ever since the adventure novelist Zane Grey released "Tales of the Angler's El Dorado, New Zealand" in the 1930s. Your own Bay of Islands trip can be as adventurous as you like, with great opportunities for spotting whales, dolphins, marlins, and penguins, as well as popular dive spots. Don't forget to turn your gaze upward from the abundant sea: the sky here is the second-bluest in the word, according to a scientific study conducted early in the 21st century. The bay's many islands have great hiking trails, and long sandy beaches stretch along the coves and inlets on the mainland.