12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Medan
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  18​h
End: Medan

3
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.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Milford Sound in Te Anau, approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, don't miss a visit to William Gilbert Rees Statue, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder site .

Medan, Indonesia to Queenstown is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
On the 26th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wellington online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Wellington, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then trek along Ridge Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and finally grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
On the 29th (Fri), laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then have fun at AC Baths, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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