21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly

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Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fiordland Massage Clinic, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

Make your Te Anau itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Perth, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Te Anau is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Red Tarns Track, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Moraine Walk, hike along Minnehaha Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and finally go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Queenstown

— 3 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 26th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Queenstown tour website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

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 a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Huka Falls Walkway, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Te Koutu (in Cambridge) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 5th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planning site.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia day trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trips

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planner.

Fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Auckland, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums

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.