20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip maker

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Drive
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive to Kaitaia Airport, Fly to Auckland International Airport
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Bus
9
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly to Invercargill Airport, Drive to Stewart Island
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Stewart Island
— 1 night
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Drive to Invercargill Airport, Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Invercargill
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Invercargill
— 1 night

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Cape Reinga

— 1 night
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Te Paki Sand Dunes has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse and then explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Reinga vacation planner.

Kaitaia to Cape Reinga is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
AWOL Canyoning Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with AWOL Canyoning Adventures and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Reinga to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Outdoors

Rotorua

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Canopy Tours, Redwoods Treewalk, and other attractions you added. On the 4th (Thu), kick your exploration up a notch at Rotorua Canopy Tours and then test the waters at Polynesian Spa. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Skyline Rotorua and then whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in February since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Stone Hill Horse Trek as well as The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.. On the 6th (Sat), let the river carry you with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. and then trot along with Stone Hill Horse Trek.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip maker site.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro River Rafting has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tongariro River Rafting. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park vacation planning website.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oriental Bay. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Nature · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Skydive Abel Tasman as well as Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a tour by water with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with Skydive Abel Tasman.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Nelson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Nelson

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning tool.

Getting from Nelson to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Queenstown

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

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Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Stewart Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Stewart Island online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Queenstown to Stewart Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Invercargill

— 1 night
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Dig This Invercargill, then see the interesting displays at Classic Motorcycle Mecca, then get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, and finally explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World and then walk around Queens Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Invercargill trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Invercargill with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.