24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel route maker

Make it your trip
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Paihia

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia driving holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Auckland Zoo, Auckland Museum and SkyTower. Get a sense of the local culture at Sculptureum and New Zealand Maritime Museum. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Kiwa Art will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Piha Beach in Piha--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Auckland online day trip planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach

— 1 night
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
You've now added Hot Water Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hot Water Beach road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hot Water Beach takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Hot Water Beach hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Beaches · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave. On your second day here, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Rotorua

— 5 nights

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo), Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a memorable tour with Redwoods Treewalk.

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You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Wellington

— 3 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.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Oriental Bay. Kids will enjoy The Great War Exhibition and Wellington Museum. Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Paraparaumu to see Southward Car Museum about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
International Antarctic Centre has been added to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Air Force Museum of New Zealand and St. Michaels and All Angels. Head to The Giants House and The Arts Centrefor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Swim with Dolphins (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's much more to do: have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, admire all the interesting features of Riccarton House & Bush, see the interesting displays at Quake City, and take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip itinerary app.

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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Wellington in September since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 4 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.
Family Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Queenstown Hill and Coronet Peak make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Wanaka and Arrowtown Village will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see Off-Road Tours, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

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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.