19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
2
Wanaka
— 2 nights
3
Akaroa
— 1 night
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
6
Okere Falls
— 2 nights
7
Rotorua
— 2 nights
8
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
9
Paihia
— 2 nights

2
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nomad Safaris as well as Nzone Skydive. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take the plunge with Nzone Skydive and then catch a ride with Nomad Safaris. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ben Lomond Track, thentake a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and then get your game on at Dark Ride.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder site.

New Delhi, India to Queenstown is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Queenstown is 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pioneer Rafting as well as South Canyons. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with South Canyons, have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World, and then take a tour by water with Pioneer Rafting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, hike along Mount Iron Track, and then hit the slopes at Wanaka.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
South Canyons ©
South Canyons

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Akaroa

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari. On the 18th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Akaroa trip builder site.

Fly from Wanaka to Akaroa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Akaroa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari ©
Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura Snorkeling Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, thentake a tour by water with Kaikoura Snorkeling Tours, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and finally hike along Ohau Stream Walk.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip planner.

You can drive from Akaroa to Kaikoura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, paddle through the water with Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, grab your bike and head to Tongariro River Trail, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder tool.

Fly from Kaikoura to Taupo in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Okere Falls.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, Tongariro River Trail
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Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo
Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours ©
Canoe & Kayak Taupo Tours
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

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Okere Falls

Okere Falls ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nuad Thai Massage as well as Kaituna Cascades. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Otanewainuku, identify plant and animal life at Whakaari White Island Volcano, thentake a memorable tour with Kaituna Cascades, thenhike along Okere Falls Track, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Nuad Thai Massage. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve, make a trip to Kiwi 360, thenadmire the sheer force of Tarawera Falls, and finally head outdoors with Lake Okataina.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Okere Falls trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Okere Falls takes 1.5 hours. In December in Okere Falls, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Okere Falls

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bay of Plenty Region, Te Puke, Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve, Nuad Thai Massage, Lake Okataina
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Tarawera Falls ©
Tarawera Falls
Kaituna Cascades ©
Kaituna Cascades
Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve ©
Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve

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Rotorua

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.
You've now added Adventure Playground to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Explore hidden gems such as Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, and trek along Blue Lake Track.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online route maker.

Rotorua is very close to Okere Falls. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 27th (Fri), Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Altura Gardens and Wildlife Park, thenexperience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Piripiri Cave Walk ©
Piripiri Cave Walk

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Spa Naturale. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, thentake in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, thentee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and finally walk around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at La Spa Naturale, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, thentrek along St Paul's Rock, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Wairere Boulders.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Wairere Boulders, St Paul's Rock, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, St James Anglican Church
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Opua Forest Lookout Track ©
Opua Forest Lookout Track
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park ©
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Wairere Boulders ©
Wairere Boulders

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