13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
1
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  12 h
3
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Bus:  10 h 45 min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
5
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Head to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Taupo Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Te Puia. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip builder tool.

Auckland to Taupo is an approximately 3- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary ©
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Rotopounamu Track. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach and then hike along Moraine Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through Sealy Tarns Track, and then view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip site.

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Tongariro National Park to Fox Glacier in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sealy Tarns Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: trek along The Chasm Walk, look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau online trip planner.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 11 hours. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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 12th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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