22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
3
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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 27th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Auckland, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Queenstown

— 4 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.
On the 1st (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

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.
Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours & Fox Glacier South Side Walk).

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

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 8th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington journey maker.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Taupo

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and then explore the activities along Lake Taupo. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

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.
Step out of Rotorua to go to Hinuera and see Hobbiton Movie Set, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 14th (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip maker site.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 15th (Fri), stroll around Hamilton Gardens and then examine the collection at Waikato Museum.

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Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

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.