20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Hamilton
— 2 nights
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Napier
— 1 night
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
6
Picton
— 1 night
7
Nelson
— 2 nights
8
Westport
— 1 night
9
Hanmer Springs
— 1 night
10
Christchurch
— 2 nights
11
Duntroon
— 1 night
12
Queenstown
— 1 night
13
Dunedin
— 1 night

2
nights
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 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, thenpaddle 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 7-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 °C to lows of °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

Side Trips

Orewa, Browns Bay Beach, Kiwa Art
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Mission Bay Beach ©
Mission Bay Beach

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
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, thenget 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, thenexamine 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 Museums

Side Trips

Raglan, Yarndley's Bush, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, The Garden Art Studio, Waterworks Walk
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Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
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, thendo a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Blue Lake Track, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip app.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Napier

Napier ©
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 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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MTG Hawke's Bay ©
MTG Hawke's Bay
Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand ©
The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things ©

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.
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, thentour 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 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Catchpool Loop Walk
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
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, thendo a tasting at Nautilus Estate, thenhead 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 drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In February in Picton, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °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

Renwick
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:
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Bladen Wines ©
Bladen Wines
Nautilus Estate ©
Nautilus Estate
Forrest Wines Cellar Door ©
Forrest Wines Cellar Door

2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
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, thenstroll through Tahunanui Beach, thenhead 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

Side Trip

Seifried Estate
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Seifried Estate ©
Seifried Estate

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
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 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Punakaiki
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

1
night
Hanmer Springs

Hanmer 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, thenhead 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
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Hanmer Llamas ©
Hanmer Llamas
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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), thenview 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, thenstroll 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 °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duntroon.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

1
night
Duntroon

Duntroon ©
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, thenidentify 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 Parks
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The Vanished World Centre ©
The Vanished World Centre
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
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, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, thenrelax 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 Parks Wildlife
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

1
night
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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, thenpause 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

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