21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  22 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Toronto

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Auckland holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Auckland. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in Auckland at 22°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, find something for the whole family at Action World, and head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and trek along Ben Lomond Track.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline

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.
Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Te Anau online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Te Anau to Taupo takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 21st (Thu), admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls. Keep things going the next day: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, thentake in the pleasant sights at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and then hike along Silica Rapids Track.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenHead underground at Caveworld, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip maker app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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