23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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

2
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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, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, and get a bird's-eye view with Skydive Bay of Islands.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

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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.
On the 4th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Find out how to plan Queenstown trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

The Stitching Post
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

4
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Rosco's Milford Kayaks). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planning tool.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Mirror Lakes Walk
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Rosco's Milford Kayaks ©
Rosco's Milford Kayaks

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, Skydive Fox Glacier, &more).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip maker tool.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Rotorua in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daytime highs in Rotorua are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On your second day here, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, stop by Huka Honey Hive, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 19th (Mon), get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, then hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves travel route builder.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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