22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
6
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
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Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

Denver, USA to Auckland is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Auckland is 19 hours. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, Rotorua is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Taupo

— 3 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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, get interesting insight from Tours, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 18th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, hike along Silica Rapids Track, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Wellington

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
On the 22nd (Fri), take a memorable tour with Glacier Explorers, then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then stroll through Sealy Tarns Track. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Minnehaha Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

Paihia

— 1 night
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 30th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Paihia Bookshop, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paihia route planning site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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.