23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Invercargill Airport, Drive to Stewart Island
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Stewart Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Invercargill Airport, Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Invercargill
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Invercargill
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Picton
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coromandel
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Stewart Island

Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rakiura Track.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Stewart Island online tour itinerary planner.

Wellington to Stewart Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to Invercargill.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Invercargill

Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): cruise along Southern Scenic Route.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Invercargill online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Invercargill. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Invercargill

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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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.
On the 6th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Invercargill to Queenstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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Christchurch

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 8th (Fri): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

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Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): trek along Queen Charlotte Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Picton journey maker website.

You can fly from Christchurch to Picton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Christchurch in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Picton. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi), Ridge Track (in Whakapapa) and Tongariro National Park (Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Picton to Taupo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then catch some excitement at Amokura Glass, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Te Puia, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip site.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take the plunge with Skydive Tauranga, then hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then stroll through Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with Aerius Helicopters, kick back and relax at Pilot Bay, and then admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tauranga journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tauranga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coromandel.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Coromandel

Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The 309 Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at New Chums Beach, and then tour the old-fashioned way with Driving Creek Railway and Potteries.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Coromandel road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Coromandel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: EcoZip Adventures (in Oneroa) and Rangihoua Estate (in Waiheke Island). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, take a stroll through Devonport, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auckland visit planner.

You can drive from Coromandel to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Coromandel in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.