13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
+4
taxi + train + taxi + 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Te Puia. Family-friendly places like Kinloch Beach and Huka Prawn Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, browse the fresh offerings at Taupo Market, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo tour website .

Auckland to Taupo is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Rotopounamu Track. Escape the urban bustle at Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tongariro National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, and then take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and bus from Tongariro National Park to Fox Glacier in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, 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

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Get outdoors at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and Ivan Wilson Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau tour itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Waitangi Golf Club and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paihia online route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 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 13th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Paihia

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

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