13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
6
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

1
day
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 27th (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation

Side Trip

Hapuka Estuary Walk
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online journey planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

3
nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip maker site .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then get interesting insight from Tours, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paihia day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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