22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
4
Greymouth
— 1 night
Drive
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Akaroa
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rakaia
Drive
8
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
9
Wanaka
— 1 night
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10
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Auckland — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes EcoZip Adventures as well as Auckland Bridge Climb. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the sights as you ascend with Auckland Bridge Climb and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at EcoZip Adventures.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland journey site.

San Francisco, USA to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Auckland is 20 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.
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Wellington — 3 nights

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.
You've added ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington Cable Car, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wellington, with lows of 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Christchurch.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Cardboard Cathedral has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Christchurch route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Greymouth.
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Greymouth — 1 night

Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Greymouth trip itinerary app.

Drive from Christchurch to Greymouth in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Christchurch — 2 nights

Garden City

You've now added Punting on the Avon to your itinerary. On the next day, go sightseeing with Punting on the Avon and then catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Christchurch tour planner.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.
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Outdoors · Tours · Classes · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Akaroa — 3 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shamarra Alpaca Farm Tours as well as Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): catch all the local highlights with Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run and then visit a coastal fixture at Akaroa Lighthouse.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaroa itinerary maker site.

Drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Rakaia.
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Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Rakaia

Rakaia is a town seated close to the southern banks of the Rakaia River on the Canterbury Plains in New Zealand's South Island, approximately 57 km south of Christchurch on State Highway 1 and the Main South Line. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): trek along Rakaia Gorge Walkway.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rakaia online attractions planner.

Getting from Akaroa to Rakaia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. September in Rakaia sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lake Tekapo.
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Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Lake Tekapo — 1 night

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Church of the Good Shepherd.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo online day trip planner.

Getting from Rakaia to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
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Wanaka — 1 night

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
That Wanaka Tree has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): make a trip to That Wanaka Tree.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka with the Route module. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
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Queenstown — 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Queenstown Gardens, Buzzstop, and other attractions. On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kawarau Suspension Bridge, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park and then see some familiar sights at Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours.

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You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.
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Auckland — 3 nights

City of Sails

Your day by day itinerary now includes Brick Bay Sculpture Trail as well as Sculptureum. Enjoy Auckland some more: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Auckland vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

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.
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