22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Hokitika
— 1 day
2
Franz Josef
— 1 night
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
5
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
6
Twizel
— 1 night
7
Wanaka
— 1 night
8
Cromwell
— 1 night
9
Te Anau
— 3 nights
10
Queenstown
— 3 nights
11
Paihia
— 2 nights
12
Taupo
— 3 nights
13
Wellington
— 1 night

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, browse the exhibits of Wilderness Gallery, thenget outside with Glow Worm Dell, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hokitika fast, fun, and easy.

Christchurch to Hokitika is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, thenexplore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally hike along Peters Pool Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Franz Josef online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Franz Josef takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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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 16th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, stroll through Gillespies Beach, and then contemplate the long history of River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, thentrek along Minnehaha Walk, thenhike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online trip maker.

Fox Glacier is very close to Franz Josef. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 18th (Sun), hike along Mueller Hut Route and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Glencoe Walk, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, thenhike along Kea Point Track, and finally trek along Sealy Tarns Track.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fox Glacier to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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night
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lake Tekapo online vacation builder.

Take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Twizel.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Twizel

Twizel ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop, explore the activities along Lake Pukaki, and then trek along Mueller Ridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Twizel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Twizel takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Twizel

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Pukaki
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Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop ©
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): trek along Rob Roy Track and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wanaka road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Twizel to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Trails
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Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

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Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): grab your bike and head to Otago Central Rail Trail, learn about winemaking at Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room, thenlearn about winemaking at Gate 20 Two Vineyard, and finally walk around Bannockburn Sluicings Walks.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cromwell online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Cromwell. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Cromwell

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Otago Central Rail Trail
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Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room ©
Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room
Gate 20 Two Vineyard ©
Gate 20 Two Vineyard

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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 Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, approximately Milford Sound away. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and hike along Hollyford Track.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cromwell to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip builder tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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 30th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Paihia Bookshop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenget in on the family fun at Action World, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take a memorable tour with Tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, and look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive.

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

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors 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

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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 4th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington day trip website.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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