13 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand & Bora Bora Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
4
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Kathmandu, Nepal

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Paihia Harbour and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia tour itinerary planner .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Paihia is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Paihia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

2
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, then play a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and then explore the galleries of L'Arte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Taupo itinerary planner .

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Shopping Golf

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls. Keep things going the next day: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alain Despert and Bora Art Upstairs. Get outdoors at Matira Beach and Mount Otemanu. Spend the 4th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: stop by Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tongariro National Park to Bora Bora. Traveling from Tongariro National Park to Bora Bora, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora ©
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora

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