17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive to Timaru, Fly to Rotorua
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland travel route website.

New York City, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from New York City to Auckland. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Auckland reach 66°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire all the interesting features of Opua Forest Lookout Track, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

Find out how to plan Paihia trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Te Anau

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): trek along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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 15th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Adventure

Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, make a trip to River Walk, then hike along Franz Josef Glacier, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier travel planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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 (Wed): don't miss a visit to Te Puia, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

Plan trip to Rotorua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of car and flight from Fox Glacier to Rotorua in 11 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Taupo

— 3 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.
When in Taupo, make a side trip to see Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park, approximately Tongariro National Park away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, and see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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.