19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
4
Palmerston North
— 1 night
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
7
Timaru
— 2 nights
8
Invercargill
— 1 night
9
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
10
Te Anau
— 1 night

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 17th (Mon), explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, then take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Auckland road trip planning app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In August, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Wikitoria Maori Healing.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in August, plan for little chillier nights in Rotorua, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then hike along Huka Falls Walkway, and finally test your problem-solving skills at The Locked Room.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

1
night
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Victoria Esplanade Gardens, then examine the collection at Te Manawa, and then let little ones run wild at Levin Adventure Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Palmerston North Clock Tower and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre.

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

You can drive from Taupo to Palmerston North in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Palmerston North can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, Levin Adventure Park
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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre ©
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
Levin Adventure Park ©
Levin Adventure Park
Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa

3
nights
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and explore the activities along Oriental Bay.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington online tour planner.

You can drive from Palmerston North to Wellington in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Palmerston North in August since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 9°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 27th (Thu), make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral and then pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To find out how to plan a trip to Christchurch, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wellington in August since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Giant Jersey, see the sky in a new way at Geraldine Observatory, and then trot along with Peel Forest Horse Trekking. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Gem Alpaca Stud, view the masterpieces at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, and then kick back and relax at Caroline Bay Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Timaru itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Timaru takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Geraldine, Peel Forest Horse Trekking, Gem Alpaca Stud
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Peel Forest Horse Trekking ©
Peel Forest Horse Trekking
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

1
night
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): have fun at Dig This Invercargill.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Invercargill trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Timaru to Invercargill in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks · Fun & Games
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Dig This Invercargill ©
Dig This Invercargill

2
nights
Stewart Island

On the 2nd (Wed), examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Stewart Island tour itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Invercargill to Stewart Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Rakiura Museum ©
Rakiura Museum

1
night
Te Anau

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): test your team's savvy at Fiordland Escapes and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Plan a Te Anau trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Fiordland Escapes ©
Fiordland Escapes

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