22 days in New Zealand & Canada Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand & Canada Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly
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Banff National Park, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly
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Quebec City, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreal, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly to Toronto, Train to Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls, Canada
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In June in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in June, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wellington road trip planning site.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Vancouver, Canada

— 3 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Stanley Park, wander the streets of Granville Island, take in the dramatic natural features at Vancouver Seawall, and admire all the interesting features of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vancouver sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Vancouver in 18.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Vancouver is minus 20 hours. When traveling from Wellington in July, plan for warmer days in Vancouver, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Banff National Park, Canada

— 4 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Banff National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Moraine Lake, view the masterpieces at Samson Native Gallery, look for gifts at Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe Ltd, and stroll through Plain of Six Glaciers.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Banff National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Vancouver to Banff National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Banff National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, Banff National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Quebec City.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Quebec City, Canada

— 2 nights
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
On the 11th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, then admire the majestic nature at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, then steep yourself in history at Morrin Centre, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place Royale. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Terrasse Dufferin and then visit Old Quebec.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Quebec City trip planning tool.

You can fly from Banff National Park to Quebec City in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Banff National Park to Quebec City. When traveling from Banff National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Quebec City, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montreal.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Montreal, Canada

— 2 nights

Quebec's Metropolis

Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame Basilica and then don't miss a visit to Old Montreal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal and then take in nature's colorful creations at Montreal Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montreal road trip planning tool.

Drive from Quebec City to Montreal in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Quebec City in July, plan for little chillier days in Montreal, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Montreal

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Niagara Falls, Canada

— 2 nights
Indisputably one of the world's most impressive natural sights, Niagara Falls straddle the United States/Canada border, marking the spot at which a thundering river plunges over a major escarpment.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Bird Kingdom, then take in panoramic vistas at Skylon Tower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Journey Behind the Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls Canada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of White Water Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Horseshoe Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Montreal to Niagara Falls takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Toronto.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Toronto, Canada

— 3 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
On the 17th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Distillery District, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Steam Whistle Brewery, then take in panoramic vistas at CN Tower, and finally meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. On the next day, examine the collection at Royal Ontario Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Casa Loma, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toronto trip planning website.

Drive from Niagara Falls to Toronto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Toronto sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toronto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.