22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
2
Whangarei Heads
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 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 30th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 11 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Whangarei Heads.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries · Tours · Museums
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Whangarei Heads

— 4 nights
Whangarei Heads is a locality and promontory on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Parihaka War Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whangarei Heads: Kandiah Alpacas & Farmstay (in Waipu), Tutukaka (Tutukaka Headland & Yukon Dive) and The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, trek along Mangawhai Walkway, and stroll through Mangawhai Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whangarei Heads holiday builder site.

Drive from Auckland to Whangarei Heads in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei Heads

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Paihia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Whangarei Heads to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Te Anau

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll through The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Te Anau driving holiday site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
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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.
On the 11th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo tour planner.

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Rotorua

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): walk around Hamilton Gardens and then examine the collection at Waikato Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Hamilton, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums
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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.