20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey maker

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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Napier
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Picton
— 1 night
Drive
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duntroon
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Auckland

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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 14th (Mon): make a trip to SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kiwa Art, kick back and relax at St. Helier's Bay, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Bay Beach.

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Gold Coast, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Auckland is 2 hours. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Hamilton

— 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Jet Collective, enjoy the sand and surf at Ngarunui Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at The Garden Art Studio, step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, take a peaceful walk through Yarndley's Bush, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and finally hike along Waterworks Walk.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hamilton sightseeing planner.

Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
On the 19th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, trek along Blue Lake Track, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then get interesting insight from Redwoods Treewalk, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally explore and take pictures at Government Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip maker website.

You can drive from Hamilton to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Napier

— 1 night
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, explore the world behind art at MTG Hawke's Bay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Napier road trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Napier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 21:

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 21st (Mon), trek along Catchpool Loop Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scorching Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Lyall Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, then head outdoors with Tirohanga Track, and finally examine the collection at The National Whale Centre.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton sightseeing planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Wellington to Picton in 4 hours. In February in Picton, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:

Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 25th (Fri), look for gifts at Frock & Soul, take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, then stroll through Tahunanui Beach, then head outdoors with SUPSTAR, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Railway Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nelson road trip planner.

Getting from Picton to Nelson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Westport

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Westport trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nelson to Westport by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Westport

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:

Hanmer Springs

— 1 night

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look for gifts at The Decadent Fudge Company, then head outdoors with Hanmer Llamas, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hanmer Springs attractions planning website.

Getting from Westport to Hanmer Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Outdoors · Nature · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 1st (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), then view the masterpieces at The Physics Room, and finally pause for some photo ops at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), explore and take pictures at Port Hills, then stroll through Corsair Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duntroon.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

Duntroon

— 1 night
Duntroon is a small farming town in the Waitaki District of New Zealand's South Island. On the 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Elephant Rocks, get a new perspective on nature at The Vanished World Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Takiroa Rock Art Site, and finally make a trip to Takiroa.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Duntroon trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Duntroon takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Duntroon

Museums · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:

Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Duntroon to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:

Dunedin

— 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then pause for some photo ops at Robert Burns Statue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.