24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Taupo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Turangi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Wellington
— 1 night
ferry:  3 h 30 min
7
Picton
— Few hours
car:  2 h 30 min
8
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Geraldine
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Dunedin
— 2 nights
drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Te Anau
— 2 nights
car:  3 h 30 min
15
Queenstown
— 1 night
car:  2 h 30 min
16
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  4 h
17
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
18
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
19
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
20
Murchison
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
21
Picton
— 1 night
ferry:  3 h 30 min
22
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
23
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
24
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
25
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland holiday maker website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. You'll set off for Matamata on the 1st (Wed).
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You've now added Hobbiton Movie Set to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Matamata trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, Matamata is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Government Gardens and Hell's Gate. On the 1st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Government Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online road trip planner.

Drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hell's Gate
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Hell's Gate ©
Hell's Gate

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Craters of the Moon to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo online travel planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Trails
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon

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Turangi

Turangi
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turangi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Turangi takes an hour. You will leave for Wellington on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Weta Workshop has been added to your itinerary. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wellington online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Turangi to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll set off for Picton on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Wellington

Classes Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Picton trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll set off for Kaikoura on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Picton to Kaikoura by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Christchurch Adventure Park as well as Banks Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at Christchurch Adventure Park and then go for a walk through Banks Peninsula.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Geraldine.

Things to do in Christchurch

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Christchurch Adventure Park ©
Christchurch Adventure Park
Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

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Geraldine

Geraldine ©
Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look and learn at Geraldine Observatory.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geraldine online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Geraldine takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Geraldine

Childrens Museums Museums
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Church of the Good Shepherd as well as Dark Sky Project. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd and then get a taste of local nightlife at Dark Sky Project.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Geraldine to Lake Tekapo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature Nightlife

Side Trips

Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Lake Pukaki
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

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Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moeraki Boulders Beach as well as Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. On the 8th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and then make a trip to Moeraki Boulders Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oamaru online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Oamaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Oamaru

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony ©
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
You've now added Cadbury World Experience to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dunedin online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Oamaru to Dunedin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Tours
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Te Anau as well as Milford Sound. On the 10th (Fri), get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then explore the activities along Lake Te Anau. On your second day here, explore the activities along Milford Sound and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fallen Soldiers Memorial ©
Fallen Soldiers Memorial

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), trek along Mount Iron Track, then contemplate the waterfront views at Wanaka, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wanaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and then hike along Peters Pool Walk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef road trip planning tool.

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Wildlife Trails
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West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Sentinel Rock Walk ©
Sentinel Rock Walk

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Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park
To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arthur's Pass National Park trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass National Park. You'll set off for Murchison on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Murchison

Murchison ©
Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. On the 19th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Maruia Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Murchison driving holiday planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Murchison. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Murchison

Parks Nature
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Maruia Falls ©
Maruia Falls

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Picton

Picton
To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Murchison to Picton takes 2.5 hours. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks

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Wellington

Wellington ©
You've now added Weta Workshop to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop.

Find out how to plan Wellington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Turangi.

Things to do in Wellington

Classes Museums
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 18th (Sat), stop by Giles Chocolatier, take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then get curious at Puke Ariki, and finally get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
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Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turangi to Hamilton takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for Auckland on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Auckland

Auckland
To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks

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