22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  10 h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
7
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
Te Anau

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, admire all the interesting features of Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Te Anau using our trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
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 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington online visit planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and hike along Horsemtrails.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Thu), hike along Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the next day, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 22nd (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): look for gifts at Pauanesia, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Auckland travel planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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