17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hahei
— 2 nights
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Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, then pause for some photo ops at National War Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planning app.

Barcelona, Spain to Wellington is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Wellington is 11 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect Wellington to be colder, temps between 15°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tawhai Falls. Visiting Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu and Whakapapa Nature Walk will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls and go for a walk through Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa, visit Eat Street, and then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua journey builder app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Rotorua are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Hahei

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hot Water Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hahei vacation planning tool.

Drive from Rotorua to Hahei in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find out how to plan a trip to Te Anau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Hahei to Te Anau with the Route module. You will leave for Queenstown on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Brennan Wines. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.