22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Hannah Willett

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Waihi Beach
— 2 nights
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Hinuera
— Few hours
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Rotorua
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
7
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
8
Hamilton
— 1 night
9
Auckland
— Few hours
10
Christchurch
— 1 night
11
Albert Town
— 1 night
12
Wanaka
— 1 night
13
Tarras
— 1 night
14
Te Anau
— 1 night
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Manapouri
— 1 night
16
Queenstown
— 1 night
17
Haast
— 1 night
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
19
Franz Josef
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 1 night

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Auckland

Auckland

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.
For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Auckland is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Auckland. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 66°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

2
nights
Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach
Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's North Island. To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Waihi Beach itinerary tool.

Drive from Auckland to Waihi Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Auckland in April, Waihi Beach is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hinuera.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

few
hours
Hinuera

Hinuera
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hinuera trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Waihi Beach to Hinuera takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hinuera can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks · Nature

1
night
Rotorua

Rotorua

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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip builder.

Drive from Hinuera to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

1
night
Taupo

Taupo

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

few
hours
Waitomo Caves

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hamilton day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

few
hours
Auckland

Auckland

City of Sails

Planning Auckland trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Hamilton to Auckland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Auckland in April since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 45°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Albert Town.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

1
night
Albert Town

Albert Town
Albert Town is located to the east of Wanaka in Otago, New Zealand. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Albert Town fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Christchurch to Albert Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Wanaka.

Things to do in Albert Town

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

1
night
Wanaka

Wanaka
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Wanaka visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Albert Town to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tarras.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

1
night
Tarras

Tarras
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tarras holiday planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Tarras. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Tarras

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

1
night
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.
For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau route planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tarras to Te Anau. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Manapouri.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

1
night
Manapouri

Manapouri
Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Manapouri road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Manapouri. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Manapouri

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip app.

Drive from Manapouri to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Haast.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

1
night
Haast

Haast
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Haast travel route planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Haast in 3 hours. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Haast

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel route planner.

You can drive from Haast to Fox Glacier in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

1
night
Franz Josef

Franz Josef
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Franz Josef trip itinerary planner.

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch

Garden City

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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