13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h
End: Brisbane

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, then admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

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Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Paihia is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland tour planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. July in Auckland sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland 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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Te Puia, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in July, Rotorua is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington vacation builder.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Queenstown, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Queenstown day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 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 8th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau online travel planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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