22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly + bus:  11​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Canberra

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planning site .

Canberra, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Canberra to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway, and then get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Great Alpine Highway
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

4
nights
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: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery, Horseback Riding Tours, & more). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, and stroll through Huka Falls Walkway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo trip builder .

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stroll through Ridge Track, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Whakapapa online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then Head underground at Caveworld, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

Plan my trip to Waitomo Caves with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the activities along Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Paihia day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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