22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dublin
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Hamilton
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Dublin

1
day
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton trip builder site.

Dublin, Ireland to Hamilton is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Hamilton: highs are around 23°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Okareka Walkway.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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 Mead's Wall, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then take a memorable ride 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

3
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

2
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, make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Make your Paihia itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland day trip site.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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