22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Drive
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
10
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paihia is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:

1
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Auckland

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. February in Auckland sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, trot along with a tour on horseback, then experience the excitement of Amokura Glass, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

3
nights
Taupo

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: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, explore and take pictures at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip tool.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 2nd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 3rd (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Mead's Wall, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

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Wellington

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 5th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

2
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Fox Glacier

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, go for a walk through River Walk, then trek along Moraine Walk, then stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier travel route site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

3
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Queenstown

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along Queenstown Hill.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip planning site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

4
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

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.