11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  30 h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10 h
4
Taupo
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip site.

Philadelphia, USA to Paihia is an approximately 25- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Anglican Church, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown route planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier route website.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails
Helicopter Tours

1
day
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the activities along Great Lake Taupo, take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally make a trip to Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo visit site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Fox Glacier to Taupo in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Great Lake Taupo ©
Great Lake Taupo

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt. It doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

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