22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary maker

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Queenstown

— 4 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.
On the 11th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planning website.

Dublin, Ireland to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Dublin to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Te Anau

— 3 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 Te Anau with a short trip to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, then get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski The Tasman, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally trek along Minnehaha Walk.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) online driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. In September, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Fun & Games

Rotorua

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

Plan trip to Rotorua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Rotorua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Taupo

— 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 22nd (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, stop by Huka Honey Hive, then find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and finally explore the activities along Lake Taupo.

Plan my day in Taupo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip maker website.

Getting from Taupo to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Paihia

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paihia online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas

Auckland

— 3 nights

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, stroll around Auckland Domain, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

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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.