19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Thames
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Nelson
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
9
Charleston
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Christchurch
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then make a trip to Sky Tower. On the next day, get impressive views of Mount Eden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Island.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in March, with highs in Auckland at 22°C and lows at 22°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Thames.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Tiritiri Matangi Island ©
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

1
night
Thames

Thames ©
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Burke Street Wharf, admire the natural beauty at RAPAURA Watergardens, and then look for gifts at Watercolor Studio Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Thames tour builder .

Drive from Auckland to Thames in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Thames to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Thames

Parks Wildlife Nature
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RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens
Miranda Hot Springs ©
Miranda Hot Springs

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whitianga trip maker .

Drive from Thames to Whitianga in 1.5 hours. In March in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whitianga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hahei Beach Walk
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

2
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get your game on at Zorb Rotorua, then contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then browse the exhibits of New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Bay, then hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tauranga trip tool .

Tauranga is just a short distance from Whitianga. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 15th (Sun), push the limits with an extreme tour and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Lady Knox Geyser.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Taupo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
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.
For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington travel route builder tool .

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for Picton on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 18th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, then learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at The National Whale Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Picton road trip planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In March in Picton, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Renwick
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Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines
Bladen Wines ©
Bladen Wines
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

few
hours
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, stop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nelson sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Nelson

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith ©
Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Charleston

Charleston
Charleston is a village in the South Island of New Zealand located 30 km south of Westport. To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Charleston online road trip planner .

Drive from Nelson to Charleston in 3.5 hours. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Charleston

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your inner history buff will appreciate River Walk and Church of Our Lady of the Alps. Escape the urban bustle at Gillespies Beach and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Moraine Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier road trip planning website .

You can drive from Charleston to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
On the 23rd (Mon), trek along Kea Point Track and then hike along Hooker Valley Track.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip app .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

1
night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Church of the Good Shepherd ©
Church of the Good Shepherd

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hours
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Christchurch are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral
Shopology ©
Shopology

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