21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
4
Dunedin
— 1 night
5
Te Anau
— 3 nights
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
7
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, get great views at Wellington Cable Car, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Wellington. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Wellington hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at 3D Trick Art Gallery and Volcanic Hills Winery. Family-friendly places like Huka Falls Walkway and Redwoods Treewalk will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Pilot Bay). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park ©
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave

1
night
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 30th (Mon): get curious at Otago Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, and then hike along Tunnel Beach Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, and then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Waitomo Caves to Dunedin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Lake Te Anau and Doubtful Sound make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at The Chasm Walk and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip app.

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Lake Gunn
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Queenstown Hill and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Iron Track and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Rippon Vineyard & Puzzling World). The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

Before you visit Queenstown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Safaris
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Taranaki Falls and Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial. Kids will appreciate attractions like Te Porere Redoubt and Tawhai Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Tongariro National Trout Centre (in Turangi), Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead (in Ohakune) and National Army Museum (in Waiouru). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, trek along Mounds Walk, stroll through Ridge Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip builder app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ohakune, Tongariro National Trout Centre, National Army Museum
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead ©
Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
National Army Museum ©
National Army Museum

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