18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  28​h
1
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Moeraki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Twizel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h
7
Castlepoint
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Taupo
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
11
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Whitianga
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
13
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown journey planner.

Kansas City, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Kansas City to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Fallen Soldiers Memorial ©
Fallen Soldiers Memorial

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doubtful Sound as well as Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and then pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Milford sound Hwy and then hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Moeraki.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Milford sound Hwy
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

1
night
Moeraki

Moeraki ©
Moeraki is a small fishing village on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. You've now added Moeraki Boulders Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Katiki Point Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Moeraki Boulders Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Moeraki itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Moeraki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Moeraki

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moeraki Boulders Beach
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Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve ©
Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

1
night
Twizel

Twizel ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki as well as Clay Cliff. On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Twizel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Moeraki to Twizel takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Akaroa.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Clay Cliff
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Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

2
nights
Akaroa

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd and Ballooning Canterbury - Hot Air Balloon Rides. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Akaroa Lighthouse.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Akaroa fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Twizel to Akaroa in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in February, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Ballooning Canterbury - Hot Air Balloon Rides
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Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd ©
Pohatu penguins/Plunge NZ Ltd

2
nights
Kaikoura

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ohau Point Seal Colony and Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. On the 18th (Tue), trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Akaroa to Kaikoura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Castlepoint.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

1
night
Castlepoint

Castlepoint ©
Castlepoint is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. On the 21st (Fri), stroll through Castlepoint Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Castlepoint trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kaikoura to Castlepoint in 8 hours. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Castlepoint

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Castlepoint Lighthouse ©
Castlepoint Lighthouse

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Mounds Walk and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park route site.

Traveling by car from Castlepoint to Tongariro National Park takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
You've now added Tupapakurua Falls Lookout to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.

Whakapapa is just a stone's throw from Tongariro National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Whakapapa Nature Walk, Tupapakurua Falls Lookout
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Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk
Tupapakurua Falls Lookout ©
Tupapakurua Falls Lookout

1
night
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 23rd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planning site.

Getting from Whakapapa to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
Rotorua

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.
You've now added Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village to your itinerary. On the 24th (Mon), get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and then wander the streets of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua journey maker app.

Take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

few
hours
Whitianga

Whitianga
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hike along Whitianga Rock Walk and then get a new perspective on things with Cathedral Cove Scenic Cruises.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitianga trip tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Whitianga are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Outdoors Tours Parks
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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and then go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland journey planner.

You can drive from Whitianga to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Whitianga in February, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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