24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h
1
Auckland
— 4 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Napier
— 2 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
car:  2​h 30​min
7
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
8
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Omarama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
11
Queenstown
— 3 nights
End: Queenstown

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adventure Capital as well as Auckland Adventure Jet. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, snap pictures at Auckland Harbour Bridge, and take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Auckland is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of tram and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Auckland, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 26°C. You will leave for Waitomo Caves on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Auckland Adventure Jet
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Adventure Jet ©
Auckland Adventure Jet
Adventure Capital ©
Adventure Capital

few
hours
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.
To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves travel route planner .

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You will leave for Rotorua on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Happy Ewe Cycle Tours as well as Skyline Rotorua. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Skyline Rotorua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and then take a spin around town with Happy Ewe Cycle Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours ©
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Skyline Rotorua ©
Skyline Rotorua

1
night
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Outdoors Trails
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Marine Parade and then hike along Ahuriri Estuary Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Te Mata Peak and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Gardens.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Napier trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Te Mata Peak
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Ahuriri Estuary Walk ©
Ahuriri Estuary Walk

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 15th (Fri): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington visit app .

Traveling by flight from Napier to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites Transportation Parks
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Walking tours
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Trails Parks
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes TranzAlpine Train as well as Christchurch Gondola. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): catch a ride on Christchurch Gondola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Christchurch vacation planner .

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Omarama.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

1
night
Omarama

Omarama ©
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. On the 21st (Thu), cruise along Lindis Pass.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Omarama online route planner .

Getting from Christchurch to Omarama by car takes about 4 hours. You'll set off for Te Anau on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Omarama

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lindis Pass ©
Lindis Pass
Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff

2
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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Omarama to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Dark Ride, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, explore the world behind art at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of Artbay Gallery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©

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