23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  31 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Auckland
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  31 h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 21st (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, hike along Hollyford Track, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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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.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails, explore the activities along Tama Lakes, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Souvenir Outlet, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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 nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along Hongi Hika Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paihia road trip site .

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Auckland online route maker .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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