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:  15 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Taupo
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
5
Turangi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Wellington
— 1 night
ferry:  3 h 30 min
7
Picton
— Few hours
drive:  2 h
8
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Curio Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
13
Te Anau
— 2 nights
drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
15
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
drive:  4 h
16
Wanaka
— 1 night
drive:  30 min
17
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
18
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
19
Murchison
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
20
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
21
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
22
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
23
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
24
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at MJ Savage Memorial Park, then grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway, and finally walk around Silo Park.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Auckland journey planner.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Silo Park ©
Silo Park
MJ Savage Memorial Park ©
MJ Savage Memorial Park

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Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Waiorongomai Valley Tramping Tracks.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Matamata using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Matamata takes 2 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Matamata, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Waiorongomai Valley Tramping Tracks

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night
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.
For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Rotorua takes an hour. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will leave for Taupo on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 1st (Wed), stop by Souvenir Outlet, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning tool.

Take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

1
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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. For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turangi trip website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Turangi takes an hour. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in Turangi

Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Volcanic Activity Centre ©
Volcanic Activity Centre

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), get great views at Wright's Hill.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington online trip builder.

Drive from Turangi to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): head outdoors with Sounds Air and then do a tasting at Framingham Wines.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Picton travel route planner.

Drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

Framingham Wines
Highlights from your plan
Framingham Wines ©
Framingham Wines

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by bus from Picton to Kaikoura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

1
night
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 4th (Sat), trek along Rapaki Track, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Oamaru

Oamaru ©
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Totara Estate, then view the masterpieces at Presence on Harbour, and then don't miss a visit to Oamaru Harbour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Oamaru trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Oamaru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Oamaru

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Totara Estate ©
Totara Estate
Oamaru Harbour ©
Oamaru Harbour
Presence on Harbour ©
Presence on Harbour

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get great views at Signal Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Robert Burns Statue, then explore the galleries of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip planner.

You can drive from Oamaru to Dunedin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Curio Bay.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill

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Curio Bay

Curio Bay ©
On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Porpoise Bay and then get advice or help at Waikawa Museum and Information Centre.

Discover how to plan a Curio Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Curio Bay takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Curio Bay

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Waikawa Museum and Information Centre
Highlights from your plan
Porpoise Bay ©
Porpoise Bay
Waikawa Museum and Information Centre ©

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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 8th (Wed): trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy, and then hike along Gertrude Saddle. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau tour itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Curio Bay to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Milford sound Hwy, Mirror Lakes Walk
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Break One and then trek along Ben Lomond Track.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Break One ©
Break One
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 11th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Memorial to James Mackenzie, then identify plant and animal life at Gem Alpaca Stud, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fairlie
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): head outdoors with Oxbow The Adventure Co., do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, then examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, and finally hike along Isthmus Peak Track.

Plan a trip to Wanaka easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Aitken's Folly Vineyard ©
Aitken's Folly Vineyard

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), trek along Copland Track and then trek along Minnehaha Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Walk ©
Minnehaha Walk

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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 13th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Franz Josef visit site.

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Murchison.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Sentinel Rock Walk ©
Sentinel Rock Walk

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Murchison

Murchison ©
Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Kawatiri Historic Railway Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotoroa, then examine the collection at Murchison Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Maruia Falls. Keep things going the next day: trek along Mount Robert Circuit.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Murchison attractions planning site.

Drive from Franz Josef to Murchison in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Murchison

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kawatiri Historic Railway Walk, Mount Robert Circuit
Highlights from your plan
Mount Robert Circuit ©
Mount Robert Circuit
Murchison Museum ©
Murchison Museum
Maruia Falls ©
Maruia Falls

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Picton

Picton ©
For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Picton online journey planner.

You can drive from Murchison to Picton in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries

Side Trip

Renwick
Highlights from your plan
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate
Bladen Wines ©
Bladen Wines

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Wellington

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then admire the natural beauty at Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Lady Norwood Rose Garden ©
Lady Norwood Rose Garden

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, and then stroll around Tupare.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the New Plymouth route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Paritutu Rock ©
Paritutu Rock
Tupare ©
Tupare
Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary ©

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Hamilton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Auckland on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Auckland

Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours

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