13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia Harbour. Pompallier Mission and Printery and Christ Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paihia is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dubai to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Russell, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): hike along Ruakuri Walk, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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 25th (Tue): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Keep things going the next day: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then stroll through Taranaki Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park road trip tool .

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 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington planner .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Punanga Manu o Te Anau and then identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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