23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planning app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Te Anau is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Bangkok to Te Anau, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
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, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown driving holiday planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
On the 29th (Fri), take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
nights
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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Falls tracks, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and make a trip to Te Puia.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in March: highs in Rotorua hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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 parks, nature, adventure, water activities, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paihia day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Auckland Central in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Auckland Central, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Tours
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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