13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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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.
Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Masterpieces Art Gallery and Kaan Zamaan. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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2
nights
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, stop by Tukairangi Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taupo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums

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2
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Whakapapa

The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
On the 9th (Thu), trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and then trek along Taranaki Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then go from sight to sight with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally hike along Te Porere Redoubt.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Taupo to Whakapapa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Taranaki Falls ©
Waterfall
Taranaki Falls
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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then trek along Moraine Walk, then stroll through Gillespies Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier planning website.

Drive from Whakapapa to Fox Glacier in 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

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2
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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip app.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Zipline
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Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Wildlife Area
Kiwi Birdlife Park
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