21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Cape Reinga
— 2 nights
3
Paihia
— 3 nights
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
6
Wellington
— 1 night
7
Hokitika
— 2 nights
8
Christchurch
— 2 nights
9
Queenstown
— 3 nights
10
Stewart Island
— 2 nights

1
day
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.
On the 1st (Thu), get impressive views of Mount Eden, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Auckland itinerary maker tool.

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Wellington in October, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

2
nights
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll through Te Paki Coastal Track and then take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Reinga road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Cape Reinga. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Te Paki Coastal Track, Te Paki Sand Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Te Paki Coastal Track ©
Te Paki Coastal Track
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

3
nights
Paihia

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.
On the 4th (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see the world from above with Salt Air, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paihia online trip planner.

Getting from Cape Reinga to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, and finally hike along Huka Falls Walkway. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, stroll around Huka Prawn Park, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taupo vacation planner.

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

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington journey site.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Get out of town with these interesting Hokitika side-trips: Punakaiki (Truman Track, Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, &more), Coal Creek Track (in Runanga) and Whataroa (White Heron Sanctuary Tours & Glacier Country Scenic Flights). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk, steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, stroll through Hokitika Beach, and get outside with Glow Worm Dell.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hokitika trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Hokitika takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Punakaiki, Whataroa, Shantytown Heritage Park, Coal Creek Track
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
White Heron Sanctuary Tours ©
White Heron Sanctuary Tours
Truman Track ©
Truman Track

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 14th (Wed), examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): go from sight to sight with TranzAlpine Train.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Hokitika to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at The Ivy Box, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online vacation planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Stewart Island

Stewart Island ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Rakiura Track.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Stewart Island trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Stewart Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rakiura Track ©
Rakiura Track
Ulva Island ©
Ulva Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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