22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Taupo
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary website .

Vancouver, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 20 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in February, expect Auckland to be warmer, temps between 26°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and trek along Kea Point Track.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

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
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, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip tool .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and then steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip maker tool .

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

2
nights
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 21st (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

2
nights
Whakapapa

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Whakapapa online day trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

5
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, Zipline, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo road trip planning app .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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