16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
7
Te Anau
— 2 nights
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Paihia — 1 night

On the 23rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Paihia Bookshop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planning tool.

New Delhi, India to Paihia is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rotorua.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

On the 25th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then steep yourself in history at Te Puia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua vacation builder app.

Fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo — 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

Taupo is known for nature, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, make a trip to Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Mounds Walk, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, then trek along Silica Rapids Track, and finally trek along Ridge Track.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip tool.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

Harbour Capital

Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online itinerary builder.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Milford Sound and then stroll through The Chasm Walk.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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