16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
+4
bus + Fly + taxi + train + taxi:  12​h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto

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 19th (Sat), trek along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online sightseeing planner .

Toronto, Canada to Te Anau is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

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
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route tool .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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Speed Boats Tours
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Spas

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and then trek along Hooker Valley Track. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Gillespies Beach, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then trek along Minnehaha Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier route maker site .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
night
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 25th (Fri): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train from Fox Glacier to Tongariro National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Volcanic Hills Winery and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Huka Falls Walkway and Te Puia will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, take in the natural beauty of Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and hike along Great Lake Trail.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Taupo road trip site .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Get outdoors at Waitangi Golf Club and Haruru Falls. Popular historic sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Spas are in your itinerary. Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia route builder site .

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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