21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Westport
Drive:  4 h
1
Nelson
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
9
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h
10
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
New Plymouth
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
13
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
End: Westport

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hours
Nelson

Nelson
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nelson road trip planning website.

Westport to Nelson is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You'll set off for Picton on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Parks
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hours
Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
You can plan Picton trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Nelson to Picton in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will leave for Wellington on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Butterfly Creek, Stonehenge Aotearoa, Xcape Wellington, and other attractions you added. On the next day, explore the activities along Shelly Bay and then test your problem-solving skills at Xcape Wellington.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by car takes about 3.5 hours. In June in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Stonehenge Aotearoa
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Shelly Bay ©
Shelly Bay
Stonehenge Aotearoa ©
Stonehenge Aotearoa
Xcape Wellington ©
Xcape Wellington

1
night
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Plaza Shopping Centre as well as Manawatu River Pathway.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Palmerston North road trip tool.

You can drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. Traveling from Wellington in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Palmerston North, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Shopping Trails
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre ©
Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre
Manawatu River Pathway ©
Manawatu River Pathway
The Plaza Shopping Centre ©
The Plaza Shopping Centre

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waipatiki Beach as well as Par2 MiniGolf. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, stroll through Ahuriri Estuary Walk, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Par2 MiniGolf.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Napier driving holiday planner.

Getting from Palmerston North to Napier by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Ahuriri Estuary Walk ©
Ahuriri Estuary Walk
Waipatiki Beach ©
Waipatiki Beach

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Taupo Museum, thenlook for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taupo travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Huka Falls, Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

3
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, thensteep yourself in history at Government Gardens, thenmake a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and finally explore the activities along Lake Rotorua.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua travel route planning site.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Rotorua sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Lake Rotorua ©
Lake Rotorua
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

2
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Butterfly Creek, Treasure Island Adventure Golf, Virtual Reality Studio, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek, thentry for a hole-in-one at Treasure Island Adventure Golf, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Pineapple on Parnell.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Auckland

Fun & Games Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio
Pineapple on Parnell ©
Pineapple on Parnell
Treasure Island Adventure Golf ©
Treasure Island Adventure Golf

1
night
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Reinga online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Cape Reinga. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Te Paki Sand Dunes
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Cape Reinga to Auckland with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Hauraki Gulf ©
Hauraki Gulf
North Head Historic Reserve ©
North Head Historic Reserve

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton journey planning tool.

Drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Taitua Arboretum ©
Taitua Arboretum
Classics Museum ©
Classics Museum
Hamilton Lake Domain ©
Hamilton Lake Domain

3
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Koru Pa, Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Hillsborough Mount Panorama Mini Putt, and other attractions.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nightlife Nature

Side Trip

Rotokare Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock
Lake Mangamahoe ©
Lake Mangamahoe
Koru Pa ©
Koru Pa

1
night
Wellington

Wellington ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip app.

Getting from New Plymouth to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Lady Norwood Rose Garden ©
Lady Norwood Rose Garden

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