21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

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.
Visit Kinloch Beach and Kariotahi Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiwa Art and Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Oneroa Beach (in Waiheke Island) and Red Beach (in Red Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland journey planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Waiheke Island, Kiwa Art, Kinloch Beach, Kariotahi Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Kiwa Art ©
Kiwa Art

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo Museum and L'Arte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

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Getting from Auckland to Taupo by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum
L'Arte ©
L'Arte

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and then hike along Mead's Wall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Fox Glacier.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peregrine Wines and Silver Fern Gallery. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

3
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, hike along Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip site .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ocean Beach and Oneroa Bay. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paihia tour itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Ocean Beach
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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