21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
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 2nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with Salt Air, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and finally take a memorable tour with Skydive Bay of Islands.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia travel itinerary planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thensavor the flavors at Food & Drink, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, thenwander the streets of Devonport, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

Plan trip to Auckland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Wine Tours & Tastings
Devonport ©
Devonport

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, thenrelax and rejuvenate at Wikitoria Maori Healing, thendo a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in Rotorua are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, push the limits with an extreme tour, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

You can plan Taupo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

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nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get outdoors at Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and Silica Rapids Track. There's still lots to do: hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip builder app.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 13th (Sat), stroll through Ruakuri Walk, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, thenexperience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre, walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, thentake a stroll through Port Hills, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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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 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, stroll through Minnehaha Walk, thenhike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Plan trip to Te Anau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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