19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Orlando
Fly:  28​h
Hahei
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 15​min
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
Orlando

1
day
Hahei

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at The Little Gallery Of Fine Arts, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Cove, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

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Orlando, USA to Hahei is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Orlando to Hahei due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Hahei

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The Little Gallery Of Fine Arts
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Hahei Beach Walk
The Little Gallery Of Fine Arts

2
days
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 22nd (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at The Chasm and then stroll through Milford Sound.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Hahei to Te Anau in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trip

Mitre Peak
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Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
days
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Skydiving. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, look for gifts at The Bead Shop, browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, and indulge your taste buds at Mr. Whippy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Queenstown vacation trip planner.

Drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Adventure Shopping
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Speed Boats Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, then learn about winemaking at Rippon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wanaka. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Iron and then take in breathtaking views at Deep Canyon.

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You can drive from Queenstown to Wanaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Wanaka
Mount Iron Track
Deep Canyon

1
day
Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): experience rural life at Gem Alpaca Stud, then take in the natural beauty of Tekapo Springs, and then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

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Traveling by car from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Wildlife Areas

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Lake Tekapo
Tekapo Springs
Gem Alpaca Stud

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Mangapohue Natural Bridge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Roselands Farm Park. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, identify plant and animal life at Ruakuri Caves & Bush Scenic Reserve, and relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm.

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Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Lake Tekapo to Waitomo Caves takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and Huka Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Te Puia, contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls tracks, Mount Maunganui Summit Track
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Huka Falls tracks
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mount Maunganui Summit Track

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