23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 1 night
7
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
8
Taupo
— 3 nights
9
Rotorua
— 3 nights

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. March in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Wineries Tours
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the world from above with Salt Air, and stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paihia itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, She's a Lady Sailing Adventures
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
She's a Lady Sailing Adventures ©
She's a Lady Sailing Adventures

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Te Anau

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.
Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Franz Josef (Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef Glacier, &more).

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:
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Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington in 5.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, let little ones run wild at Huka Prawn Park, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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