22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Devonport
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive
4
Coromandel
— 1 night
Drive
5
Hahei
— 1 night
Drive
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
8
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
9
Wellington
— 1 day
Ferry to Picton, Drive to Christchurch
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Drive
13
Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus
14
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus
15
Te Anau
Drive
16
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive
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Christchurch

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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 Kitekite Falls as well as Mount Eden.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Devonport.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Devonport — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and then discover the deep blue sea with Performance Diver NZ. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Mahurangi Regional Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Devonport online trip itinerary builder.

Devonport is just a stone's throw from Auckland. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Reinga.
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Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Cape Reinga — 1 night

Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tapotupotu Beach, then get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse, and then hike along Te Paki Coastal Track.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Reinga online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Devonport to Cape Reinga takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coromandel.
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Coromandel — 1 night

Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by The Coromandel Smoking Co..

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Coromandel itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Coromandel takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. September in Coromandel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Hahei.
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Hahei — 1 night

On the 11th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hahei road trip planner.

Drive from Coromandel to Hahei in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online visit planner.

Drive from Hahei to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
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Taupo — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge, grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, then hike along Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get all the equipment you need at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taupo online travel route planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Wellington — 1 day

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 now added Pinnacles Track to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Pinnacles Track, then don't miss a visit to Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rocks Reserve.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Wellington sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Christchurch.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
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Christchurch — 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get a sense of the local culture at Port Hills and International Antarctic Centre. Head to Cookie Time Factory Shop and Christchurch Farmers' Marketfor some retail therapy. Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch day trip planning 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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in September, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lake Tekapo.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Lake Tekapo — 2 nights

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Roundhill Ski Area, relax in the rural setting at Gem Alpaca Stud, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Tasman Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Point Track. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sealy Tarns Track, trek along Kea Point Track, and then look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Plan my day in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Wanaka.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

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.
Blue Pools Track has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): trek along Blue Pools Track and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wanaka travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 1 night

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 day by day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing as well as Canyon Explorers. On the 24th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then scramble along the landscape with Canyon Explorers.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

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.
For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Dunedin on the 24th (Sat).
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Dunedin — 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Dunedin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Christchurch.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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Christchurch

Garden City

On the 26th (Mon), take a stroll through Port Hills.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Dunedin to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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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.
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Coromandel Peninsula travel guide

4.3
Hiking Trails · Thermal Spas · Hot Springs
Jutting out into the ocean just north of Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula remains a largely uninhabited land of native rainforest and unspoiled sandy beaches. Thanks to the area's preserved wilderness and natural abundance, ecotourism in Coromandel Peninsula has gained in popularity, attracting adventurous vacationers and outdoors enthusiasts. The coastline offers many coves, diving sites, and expeditions out into the ocean for the chance to spot whales and dolphins. Hike, cycle, or kayak inland for scenic landscape largely untouched by human development and industry.
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Fiordland National Park travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Bodies of Water · Caves
Place of Greenstone
As the heart of World Heritage-listed Wahipounamu, Fiordland National Park makes a great base for those wanting an adventure holiday packed full of wildlife-spotting expeditions, alpine climbs, and chances to enjoy New Zealand's national pastime--hiking. Over 500 km (310 mi) of hiking trails lead you through the native forest, up to the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, and along verdant valleys. Sea kayaking also ranks among the top things to do in Fiordland National Park, letting you explore the waters and get close to some of the protected animals here, including penguins, bottlenose dolphins, and seals. Formed over a period of 100,000 years, the fiords offer fantastic viewpoints and photo opportunities.
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