19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  34​h
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  10​h 45​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Richmond

4
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at Snow Farm NZ and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step off the beaten path and head to Queenstown Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Clutha Gold Trail (in Roxburgh), Tobins Track (in Arrowtown) and Wooing Tree Vineyard (in Cromwell). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Vesta Design Boutique, make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and get your game on at Dark Ride.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker website .

Richmond, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Richmond to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka, Roxburgh, Tobins Track, Wooing Tree Vineyard
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Snow Farm NZ ©
Snow Farm NZ
Spas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mirror Lakes Walk and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau sightseeing planning app .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Milford sound Hwy, Mirror Lakes Walk
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Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Matheson Walk and Fox Glacier. Step off the beaten path and head to Callery Gorge Walk and Sentinel Rock Walk. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Terrace Walk, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and don't miss a visit to River Walk.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier vacation builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Fox Glacier takes 11 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Callery Gorge Walk ©
Callery Gorge Walk
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
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 7th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, Head underground at Caveworld, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave.

Discover how to plan a Waitomo Caves trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Statue of shearer
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua route planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, then enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Browns Bay Beach, admire the majestic nature at Tawharanui Regional Park, and then stroll around Parry Kauri Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Auckland. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Browns Bay Beach
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Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

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