18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  23​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
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
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Boston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland vacation planner.

Boston, USA to Auckland is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Boston to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Auckland, with highs around 64°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online route builder .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Rotorua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in November, you will find days in Wellington are a bit cooler (63°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown journey maker .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Paihia route planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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