18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel route planner
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Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly

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Te Anau — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Te Anau is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife
Side Trip

Queenstown — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 27th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, hit the slopes at Browns Ski Shop, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through Ski The Tasman and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glentanner High Country Heli Hike.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Wellington — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington journey planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Taupo.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

Taupo — 3 nights

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taupo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Rotorua — 3 nights

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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Waitomo Caves) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Auckland.
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Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
Side Trips

Auckland — 1 night

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 8th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in September, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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