17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
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Hokitika
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, trek along Kepler Track, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Queenstown

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.
Head to Silver Fern Gallery and Remarkables Marketfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tee off at Queenstown Golf Club, explore the galleries of The Ivy Box, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

2
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 22nd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Moraine Walk, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, browse the exhibits of Petr Hlavacek Gallery, then don't miss a visit to River Walk, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Hokitika.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 24th (Tue), look for gifts at Box of Delights, The Old Fashioned Candy Shop, view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Hokitika Craft Gallery, then kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Kaniere.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hokitika day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Hokitika in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach

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Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, wander the streets of Devonport, browse the different shops at The Strand Arcade, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then browse the different shops at LynnMall Shopping Centre.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Hokitika to Auckland takes 5.5 hours. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Shopping · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

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Devonport ©
Devonport
Wine Tours & Tastings
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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Taupo

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.
Do your shopping at L'Arte and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & 3D Trick Art Gallery). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Taupo Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, play a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Taupo Market ©
Taupo Market
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach

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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 30th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, and finally explore the galleries of Masterpieces Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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