20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Dallas
+2
Tram + Foot + Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 15 min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Dallas

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 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then learn about all things military at Corrections' Heritage Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Wellington is an approximately 20- hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of tram, flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Visiting Franz Josef Glacier and Moraine Walk will get you outdoors. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and see Hooker Valley Track, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 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 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery. Popular historic sites such as St Peter's Anglican Church and Fallen Soldiers Memorial are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: hike along Hollyford Track, steep yourself in history at Vesta Design Boutique, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and don't miss a visit to One Mile Power House.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown tour website.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, then examine the collection at Russell Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paihia route app.

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Russell, Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt. Get out of town with these interesting Tongariro National Park side-trips: National Army Museum (in Waiouru) and Turangi (Tongariro National Trout Centre & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Mounds Walk, and stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Paihia to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Turangi, National Army Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rotorua Museum and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and St. Lukes Anglican Church. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Taupo Museum, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Caveworld, and then stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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