22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland sightseeing tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Wine Tours & Tastings
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally Head underground at Ruakuri Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Whakapapa is known for winter sports, nature, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stroll through Horsemtrails, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and admire all the interesting features of Te Porere Redoubt.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Whakapapa attractions planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

2
nights
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 15th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Great Alpine Highway, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake 2 Lake Trail.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

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