20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: London

2
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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Piha Beach (in Piha) and Stockade Hill (in Howick). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and stroll through Browns Bay Beach.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip itinerary maker .

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. In February, Auckland is much warmer than London - with highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach, Browns Bay Beach, Piha Beach
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Faith's Anglican Church.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa online route maker .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
You've now added Te Anau Glowworm Caves to your itinerary. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. On the 19th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau tour planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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