20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Perth
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Waipawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Tauranga
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Akaroa
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Perth

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 31st (Tue): meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thenidentify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip site.

Perth, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Wellington, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Perth in March: highs in Wellington hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 16°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waipawa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Waipawa

Waipawa ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Artmosphere Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Te paerahi beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waipawa trip planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Waipawa in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Waipawa

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takapau, New Zealand Natural Clothing, Te paerahi beach
Highlights from your plan
Backpaddock Lakes ©
Backpaddock Lakes
Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum ©
Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum
Artmosphere Gallery ©
Artmosphere Gallery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thentrek along Ruakuri Walk, and then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves visit planner.

Drive from Waipawa to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Rainbow Springs Nature Park (in Rotorua) and Agrodome (in Ngongotaha). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, stroll around McLaren Falls Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and cool off at Waimarino Adventure Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tauranga tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tauranga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then make a trip to SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, thenenjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tauranga to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tauranga in April since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
On the 13th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenget your game on at Skyline Queenstown, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenmake a splash at Alpine Aqualand, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planning site.

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Kea Point Track, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Queenstown to Mt. Cook Village in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): stop by Little River Gallery, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, thentake in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Garden of Tane.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Akaroa trip tool.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Akaroa by car takes about 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Little River Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing

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