21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Picton
Drive
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights

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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.
Coley & Punch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower and then join in the after-dark buzz at Coley & Punch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Nightlife · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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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 22nd (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves travel route planning app.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Rotorua

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance as well as Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the dining and entertainment at Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then take in the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Taupo

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Huka Falls River Cruise. On the 25th (Thu), take a tour by water with Huka Falls River Cruise and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Trails
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Wellington

— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Great War Exhibition, Wellington Zoo and VK's Comedy and Blues Bar.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Wellington vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Nightlife
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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Picton visit planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Wellington to Picton in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Picton

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and finally walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Picton to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Picton in November, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Transportation · Parks · Historic Sites
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Franz Josef

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): trek along Minnehaha Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. On your second day here, go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Franz Josef trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Franz Josef to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Queenstown

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Arrowtown Wine Store (in Arrowtown) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Wanaka). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get outside with Outdoor Activities, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

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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.