22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly

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Te Anau

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Te Anau itinerary website.

Adelaide, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Queenstown

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Vesta Design Boutique, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown itinerary builder.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
We've included these beaches for you: Monro Beach and Gillespies Beach. When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), approximately Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and go for a walk through River Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Wellington

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleries. Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Peka Peka Beach (in Waikanae) and Paraparaumu Beach (in Paraparaumu). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at City Gallery Wellington, brush up on your military savvy at Dominion Museum, kick back and relax at Princess Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lyall Bay.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Wellington online travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Taupo

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Huka Honey Hive and L'Arte. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

Rotorua

— 4 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Pilot Bay and Papamoa Beach. Popular historic sites such as Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Pompallier Mission and Printery and Akeake Historic Reserve Track are in your itinerary. Step out of Paihia to go to Russell and see Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

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.