23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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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: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip builder website.

Indianapolis, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in March, you will find days in Auckland are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are warmer (67°F). On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Taupo

— 5 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.
You've added Lake Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, and identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo road trip planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You've now added Christchurch Botanic Gardens to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral and then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train and then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

Mt. Cook Village

— 3 nights
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kea Point Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mt. Cook Village: Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Lake Tekapo). The adventure continues: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, and look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village day trip app.

Getting from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lake Te Anau and Milford Track. Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). On the 19th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 2 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.
You've now added Lake Wakatipu to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Wildlife

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.