19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
4
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
5
Wanaka
— 3 nights
6
Paihia
— 2 nights

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Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Piripiri Cave Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip tool.

Quebec City, Canada to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Quebec City to Waitomo Caves is 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Get outdoors at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mount Maunganui Base Track). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Okere Falls Track.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

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Tauranga, Okere Falls Track
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at Arrowtown Village and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Ben Lomond Track. There's still lots to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
River Rafting & Tubing

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Matheson Walk and Peters Pool Walk. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Sealy Tarns Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)). Next up on the itinerary: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Moraine Walk, stop by ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fox Glacier online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roys Peak Track and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Iron Track and Wanaka. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka itinerary app.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wanaka

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Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paihia road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wanaka to Paihia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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