21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Wellington
— 1 night
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
8
Auckland
— 1 night
9
Paihia
— 2 nights

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, hike along The Chasm Walk, and see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Te Anau driving holiday planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Southern Lakes Helicopters
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters

3
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to The Stitching Post in Arrowtown--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip maker.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

The Stitching Post
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thenponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thentake a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. March in Wellington sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 9th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, trek along Silica Rapids Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and stroll through Ridge Track.

To find reviews and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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nights
Taupo

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: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

Make your Taupo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rotorua vacation planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
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.
On the 19th (Fri), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, thenlearn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Wineries Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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nights
Paihia

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.
On the 20th (Sat), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, thenidentify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, thendo sightseeing your way with Salt Air, and finally take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paihia online visit planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Byrne Northland Wines
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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