22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour builder

Make it your trip
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Napier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawera
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porirua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly to Blenheim, Train to Kaikoura
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Bus to Christchurch, Fly to Queenstown
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly to Wellington International Airport, Drive to Levin

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Hamilton

— 2 nights

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On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To plan Hamilton vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Levin to Hamilton is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Hamilton

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
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Tauranga

— 2 nights
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tauranga trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Tauranga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Tauranga sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will leave for Rotorua on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Rotorua

— 2 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.
Attractions like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online route planner.

Getting from Tauranga to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

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 14th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium of New Zealand, then stop by The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, and finally get a dose of the wild on Gannet Safaris Overland.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Napier trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hawera.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Hawera

— 2 nights
Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Hollard Gardens, don't miss a visit to Stratford Clock Tower, and then walk around King Edward Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore the galleries of Fenton Street Art Collective, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taranaki, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dawson Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hawera trip planner.

Traveling by car from Napier to Hawera takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porirua.

Things to do in Hawera

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Porirua

— 2 nights
Porirua is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, and one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area. On the 20th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Paraparaumu Beach, then head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and finally walk around Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at New Zealand Police Museum and then see the interesting displays at Pataka Art + Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Porirua trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Hawera to Porirua in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Porirua can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Porirua

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Wellington

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue and then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning tool.

Wellington is very close to Porirua. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, make a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura tour builder tool.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Wellington to Kaikoura in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Skyline Queenstown and Spas will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Artbay Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown attractions planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Kaikoura to Queenstown in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

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.