16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly to Timaru, Drive to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Kerikeri
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua

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.
Attractions like Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Te Puia will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Lady Knox Geyser, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rotorua due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Rotorua at 75°F and lows at 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 4th (Tue), kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rotorua to Fox Glacier in 11 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

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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.
On the 6th (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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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.
Bring the kids along to Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Step out of the city life by going to Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Gunn and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau online tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and get in on the family fun at Action World.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paihia vacation planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Paihia by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

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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.
On the 14th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in Auckland sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

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.