19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Salt Lake City

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at Arrowtown Village and Skydiving. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Te Anau and Ben Lomond Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum (in Te Anau) and Wanaka (Parasailing & Paragliding, Mount Iron Track, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Queenstown Hill, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

Plan my day in Queenstown using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Salt Lake City, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 19 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka, Te Anau, Lake Gunn, Arrowtown Village
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, thenexplore the activities along Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

4
nights
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.
You've now added Hobbiton Movie Set to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui Base Track. You'll get in some beach time at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Kayaking & Canoeing & Huka Falls Walkway) and Red Barn Gifts Co-op - Simply Handmade@the Red Barn (in Whakatane). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, push the limits with an extreme tour, hike along Okere Falls Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online tour planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Okere Falls, Taupo, Whakatane, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Popular historic sites such as Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and Waitangi Treaty Grounds are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whangarei Falls and Paihia Harbour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Pompallier Mission and Printery). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paihia online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei Falls, Rainbow Falls
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Yarndley's Bush, make a trip to Ed Hillary Walkway, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenHead underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): stroll through Te Toto Gorge Lookout, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, thensnap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves route builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Toto Gorge Lookout, Yarndley's Bush, Ed Hillary Walkway
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Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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