22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Santiago

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ridge Track, then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park route maker site .

Santiago, Chile to Tongariro National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Thu), trek along Ruakuri Walk, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves day trip tool .

Drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paihia day trip site .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Auckland Zoo, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then browse the different shops at Victoria Park Market.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Kea Point Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Auckland to Fox Glacier in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
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.
On the 14th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Wild Wool Gallery in Manapouri, approximately 58 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau vacation maker .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Wild Wool Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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