22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): hike along Gertrude Saddle, thenhike along The Chasm Walk, thenexplore the activities along Milford Sound, and finally stroll through Lake Gunn. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenexplore the activities along Lake Te Anau, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau tour site.

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Lake Gunn
Highlights from your plan
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Off-Road Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Queenstown Hill and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: hike along Ben Lomond Track, get outside with Arrowtown Village, don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

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Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
Highlights from your plan
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour, thenstroll through Mount Iron Track, thendo a tasting at Rippon Vineyard, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, thenhit the slopes at Wanaka, thenget your game on at Puzzling World, and finally hike along Blue Pools Track.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hike along Glencoe Walk, trek along Hooker Valley Track, thenadmire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the next day, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, thentrek along Moraine Walk, and finally hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip tool.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Ohau Stream Walk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kaikoura online itinerary planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenhead outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip builder tool.

You can fly from Kaikoura to Waitomo Caves in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Mead's Wall, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and finally hike along Ridge Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, thenexplore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, and then trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Redwoods Treewalk. Visiting Huka Falls Walkway and Waimangu Volcanic Valley will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Great Lake Trail & Great Lake Taupo). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Amokura Glass, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenget the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally get impressive views of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie).

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in November, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) ©
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Manaia Track and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Whangarei Falls and Tane Mahuta Walk will get you outdoors. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Hone Heke Memorial Park (in Kaikohe) and Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia road trip app.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Whangarei, Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Hone Heke Memorial Park, Kawiti Caves
Highlights from your plan
Mount Manaia Track ©
Mount Manaia Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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