21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  31​h
1
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Berlin

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tukairangi Gallery and Volcanic Hills Winery. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours & Taupo Market). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, make a trip to Te Puia, and identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder .

Berlin, Germany to Rotorua is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Berlin to Rotorua. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taupo, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, and then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, go for a walk through Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa road trip site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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 3rd (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paihia day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take an in-depth tour of 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.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
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 Fox Glacier and Helicopter Tours. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, trek along Moraine Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online trip itinerary maker .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then trek along Red Tarns Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then trek along Kea Point Track, and then trek along Sealy Tarns Track.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village holiday site .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track, hike along The Chasm Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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