22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  7​h
1
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Napier
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kaikoura
— 1 night
6
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Dunedin
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
8
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Plymouth trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to New Plymouth is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to New Plymouth. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mount Taranaki
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Government Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Mt Maunganui Main Beach in Mount Maunganui (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, and explore and take pictures at Agrodome.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua route maker tool .

Getting from New Plymouth to Rotorua by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Marine Parade, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, then browse the exhibits of VIVA Gallery, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Napier travel site .

Getting from Rotorua to Napier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout
VIVA Gallery ©
VIVA Gallery

2
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 22nd (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, look for gifts at The Vines Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound, and finally stroll around Pollard Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Blenheim trip planner .

You can fly from Napier to Blenheim in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Blenheim sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Queen Charlotte Sound
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre ©
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Pollard Park ©
Pollard Park

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 24th (Tue), stop by Kaikoura Cheese, trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and finally trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura road trip tool .

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hagley Park and Air Force Museum. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Swim with Dolphins). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Banks Peninsula, pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, make a trip to Fanfare - SCAPE Public Art, and see the interesting displays at Quake City.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hagley Park ©
Hagley Park
Air Force Museum ©
Air Force Museum

2
nights
Dunedin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, get curious at Otago Museum, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, then take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Keep things going the next day: trek along Tunnel Beach Track, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, and then tour in style with a train tour.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Dunedin online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Museums Childrens Museums
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Rail Tours
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

2
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wanaka and Crossfire Wanaka. There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get your game on at Puzzling World, hike along Mount Iron Track, and see the interesting displays at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka visit planning tool .

Take a bus from Dunedin to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Crossfire Wanaka ©
Crossfire Wanaka
Helicopter Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coronet Peak and Dark Ride. On the 4th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: trek along Queenstown Hill, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and admire the natural beauty at Little Paradise Dream Garden.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Queenstown trip site .

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Little Paradise Dream Garden
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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