24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

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 15th (Sat), explore the activities along Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: highs in Auckland hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by The Kauri Workshop, find something for the whole family at Action World, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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 (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taupo road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall, explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then pause for some photo ops at Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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 25th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wellington route maker .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier driving holiday planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Hooker Valley Track, and then trek along Glencoe Walk. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, then trek along Kea Point Track, and then trek along Sealy Tarns Track.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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