20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  30 h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
5
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  27 h
End: London

2
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online road trip planner.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Queenstown, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. On the 26th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau online travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Franz Josef Glacier, then trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then hike along Moraine Walk, and finally go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk. On your second day here, hike along Hooker Valley Track, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning app.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Franz Josef Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip maker tool.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then trek along Ridge Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, and don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
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.
On the 5th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Paihia Bookshop, then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and then take in the exciting artwork at Masterpieces Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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