10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Adelaide

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), trek along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau planning tool .

Adelaide, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Adelaide to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 24th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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 29th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
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