23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Paihia
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Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Auckland

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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 3rd (Fri), take a stroll through Devonport and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auckland online vacation planner.

Bristol, UK to Auckland is an approximately 28.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Auckland is 12 hours. February in Auckland sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Wineries · Nature · Museums
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Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Popular historic sites such as Active Outdoor Adventures and Ohakune Old Coach Road are in your itinerary. Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whakapapa Nature Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tongariro National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Auckland to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Wellington

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

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Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. February in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Transportation
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Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Framingham Wines and then do a tasting at Cloudy Bay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Blenheim trip maker.

Fly from Wellington to Blenheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February in Blenheim, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

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Queenstown

— 3 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.
Wine Tours & Tastings and Peregrine Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip tool.

You can fly from Blenheim to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Te Anau

— 4 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.
Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

Planning Te Anau trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas
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Paihia

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Step out of Paihia with an excursion to Omata Estate in Russell--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Parks

Side Trip

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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.