22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  21 h
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
2
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Whakapapa
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Hastings
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Nelson
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
10
Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Toronto

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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.
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland travel route builder .

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in February, with highs in Auckland at 26°C and lows at 26°C. You will leave for Matamata on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Matamata tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Matamata, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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Rotorua

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Te Puia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua driving holiday app.

Getting from Matamata to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, engage your brain at Puke Ariki, and then meet the residents at Pukekura Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Taranaki.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to New Plymouth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Plan trip to Whakapapa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Whakapapa in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Hastings.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 29th (Sat), make a trip to Marine Parade, identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, and then explore and take pictures at Te Mata Peak. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, identify plant and animal life at Gannet Colony, and then take in the pleasant sights at Karituwhenua Stream Walkway.

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Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Hastings takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Napier, Gannet Colony, Karituwhenua Stream Walkway, Cape Kidnappers
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Weta Workshop. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): learn and have fun at Weta Workshop and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hastings to Wellington by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Escape the urban bustle at Abel Tasman Coast Track and Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Step out of Nelson with an excursion to Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve in Havelock--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens, look for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, and see the interesting displays at Nelson Provincial Museum.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nelson trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Abel Tasman National Park, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
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Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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Christchurch

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nelson to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, and finally view the masterpieces at Burkes Pass Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fairlie
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Off-Road Tours
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 45 min away.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown visit planning website .

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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