12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  23 h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Queenstown is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New Delhi to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Gunn, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then trek along The Chasm Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Te Anau.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Taupo.

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
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt & Tongariro Alpine Crossing) and Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo vacation maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Taupo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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 10th (Tue): stop by Paihia Bookshop, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip builder app.

Fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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