21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Queenstown

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 8th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 9th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Queenstown is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Queenstown, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Glencoe Walk, then fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, then hike along Kea Point Track, and finally head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Keep things going the next day: trek along Minnehaha Walk, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip app.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 16th (Fri), meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July in Wellington, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 17th (Sat), hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Mounds Walk, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, and finally trek along Ridge Track.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Taupo

— 3 nights

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

For maps and tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua sightseeing app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Auckland

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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 25th (Sun): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.