24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Bus
3
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Wellington
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
5
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Shuttle
6
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Queenstown is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Riyadh to Queenstown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Fox Glacier

— 2 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 12th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Moraine Walk, then go for a walk through River Walk, then hike along Minnehaha Walk, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). On the 16th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Routeburn Track.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau driving holiday app.

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Wellington

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip builder.

Getting from Te Anau to Wellington by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. November in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tongariro National Park

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 22nd (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, stroll through Ridge Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and hike along Silica Rapids Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park route builder website.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Taupo

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

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 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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). Next up on the itinerary: 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, trek along Okere Falls Track, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Auckland

— 1 night

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 28th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online road trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in November since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries
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Paihia

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and then see what you can catch with She's a Lady Sailing Adventures.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.