20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
6
Te Anau
— 4 nights
7
Auckland
— 1 night

1
night
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 3rd (Sat), get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): hike along Ruakuri Walk, get interesting insight from Tours, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves tour itinerary app.

New York City, USA to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and identify plant and animal life at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planning tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

Planning Taupo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Catchpool Loop Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenget a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, thentake a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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.
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, see Off-Road Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel planner.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, grab your bike and head to Lake 2 Lake Trail, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau road trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, thentake in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Auckland by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. October in Auckland sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

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