22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
4
Wellington
— 1 night
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
7
Auckland
— 1 night
8
Paihia
— 3 nights

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown attractions planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk & Fox Glacier South Side Walk) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef).

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, thenget engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wellington visit planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wellington by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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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 Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

3
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Souvenir Outlet, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Auckland route planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Wineries Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, make a short side trip with Day Trips, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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