22 days in New Zealand & Canberra Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand & Canberra Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific tour builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi to Whangarei Airport, Fly to Hamilton Airport, Taxi to Waitomo Caves
2
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Canberra, Australia
— 1 night

S M T W T F S
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2

Paihia, New Zealand

— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Oneroa Bay. Step out of Paihia to go to Russell and see Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paihia trip maker app.

Canberra, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
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 13th (Mon), trek along Ruakuri Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally hike along Piripiri Cave Walk.

Start your trip to Waitomo Caves by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, and identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online day trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Taupo, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Escape the urban bustle at Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and The Chasm Walk. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 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.
Get in touch with nature at The Remarkables Ski Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Canberra, Australia

— 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 30th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then look for gifts at Trove Canberra, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally identify plant and animal life at Floriade.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Canberra takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Canberra, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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.