21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
7
Paihia
— 5 nights

2
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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.
Get outdoors at Hollyford Track and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown attractions planning app.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline

3
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, steep yourself in history at River Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Moraine Walk, trek along Minnehaha Walk, thensee Across Country Quad Bikes, thenexplore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally stroll through Peters Pool Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fox Glacier using our trip planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Wed), trek along Mounds Walk, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, and finally trek along Mead's Wall. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ridge Track, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, thencapture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally hike along Te Porere Redoubt.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
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Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, thenlook for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Te Puia, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally stroll through Tikitapu Nature Walk.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds and KeriKeri New Zealand are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours and Salt Air. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery, Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., &more). Next up on the itinerary: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia vacation planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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