12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis
Fly:  24​h
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
3
Paihia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
5
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Florianopolis

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Queenstown is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Speed Boats Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): trek along The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau tour planning tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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.
On the 11th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia travel route tool .

Getting from Te Anau to Paihia by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Rotorua

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) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, make a trip to Te Puia, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Auckland visit planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Rotorua in November, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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