17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour itinerary planner

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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Rotorua

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Te Puia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rotorua Museum and Eat Street. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotorua holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from New York City to Rotorua. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get warmer in Rotorua: highs are around 71°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Kinloch Beach. There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and gear up at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo online tour planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Active Outdoor Adventures. Taranaki Falls and Ohakune Old Coach Road are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, hike along Te Porere Redoubt, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

Planning Tongariro National Park trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Get some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation.. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Paihia to go to Russell and see Tapeka Point Track, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia road trip website.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Paihia in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Wellington

— 1 night

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 2nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

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.