21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
4
Palmerston North
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Christchurch
— 2 nights
7
Timaru
— 2 nights
8
Stewart Island
— 2 nights
9
Te Anau
— 2 nights

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, and enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Auckland online holiday builder.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In August, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

2
nights
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Rotorua. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe ©
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, stop by Huka Honey Hive, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo itinerary builder website.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

2
nights
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Te Manawa, take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Esplanade Gardens, then don't miss a visit to The Square, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palmerston North Clock Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Palmerston North online trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Palmerston North by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Te Manawa ©
Te Manawa
New Zealand Rugby Museum ©
New Zealand Rugby Museum
The Square ©
The Square

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington online vacation builder.

You can drive from Palmerston North to Wellington in 2 hours. Traveling from Palmerston North in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Wellington, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

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

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in August, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Timaru.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

2
nights
Timaru

Timaru ©
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. When in Timaru, make a side trip to see Geraldine Observatory in Geraldine, approximately Geraldine away. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Blueberry Haven, admire the natural beauty at Timaru Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at South Canterbury Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caroline Bay Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Timaru tour planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Timaru by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Geraldine Observatory
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory
Caroline Bay Beach ©
Caroline Bay Beach
Famlan Farm Park ©
Famlan Farm Park

2
nights
Stewart Island

Stewart Island ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Rakiura Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Rakiura Track.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stewart Island planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Timaru to Stewart Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Rakiura Track ©
Rakiura Track
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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