22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and walk around Auckland Domain.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland online trip planner.

Winnipeg, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Winnipeg to Auckland. Traveling from Winnipeg in January, expect Auckland to be warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder tool.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Queenstown tour planner.

Fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline

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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and stroll through Kepler Track.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau route planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taupo itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Taupo by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stroll through Ridge Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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 8th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, Head underground at Caveworld, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves vacation planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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