20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the activities along Milford Sound, then trek along The Chasm Walk, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Te Anau is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Lake Gunn
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Queenstown Hill and Off-Road Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Coronet Peak and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Wanaka & Horseback Riding Tours). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village and cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Queenstown itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

3
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 Hooker Valley Track and Lake Matheson Walk. Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, and hike along Moraine Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier journey planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony

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.
Government Gardens and St Michael's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire & Huka Falls Walkway) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, appreciate the history behind Arawa War Memorial Statue, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua visit planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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 14th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online route planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

2
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.
On the 16th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia tour planning app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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