10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Dallas
Fly + bus:  33​h
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
Paihia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
Dallas

2
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wakatipu as well as Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): trek along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau travel itinerary creator.

Dallas, USA to Te Anau is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Dallas to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Wakatipu
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Paihia Harbour and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Christ Church, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip site .

Getting from Te Anau to Paihia by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
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Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
days
Rotorua

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Maunganui Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rotorua Museum and Tamaki Maori Village (Office Only). Spend the 17th (Sat) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maunganui Beach
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Thermal Spas
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Tamaki Maori Village (Office Only) ©
Tamaki Maori Village (Office Only)

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