12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Medan, Indonesia
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
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h
End: Medan, Indonesia

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.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip app.

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

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Wellington tour itinerary planning tool.

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. May in Wellington sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then trek along Ridge Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then get where you need to go with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and finally explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

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.
On the 29th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then enjoy some diversion 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 31st (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Auckland, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 1st (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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