21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  34​h
1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Manchester

4
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.
Get outdoors at Routeburn Track and Doubtful Sound. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau sightseeing site .

Manchester, UK to Te Anau is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Te Anau, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
nights
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 17th (Sat), stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, then hike along Minnehaha Walk, and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier road trip site .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Fox Glacier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Monro Beach, Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

3
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 in touch with nature at Hollyford Track and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and try to win big at SKYCITY Queenstown Casino.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Haruru Falls. Popular historic sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, hike along Tapeka Point Track, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

2
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.
Visiting Huka Falls tracks and Rainbow Springs Nature Park will get you outdoors. Spend the 29th (Thu) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, explore the activities along Lake Rotokakahi, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls Walkway
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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