22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  29​h
1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
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.
Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

Make your Rotorua itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Amsterdam, Holland to Rotorua is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Rotorua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you will find days in Rotorua are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mount Ruapehu and Rotopounamu Track. Escape the urban bustle at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa online vacation planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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.
On the 28th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online route planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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 in touch with nature at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Area. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Queenstown Hill and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip app .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

2
nights
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 3rd (Sat), stroll through Mount Iron Track and then hit the slopes at Wanaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Roys Peak Track.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online trip builder .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 5th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Beach Track, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Dunedin online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

4
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 in touch with nature at Paihia Harbour and Whangarei Falls. Christ Church and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Pompallier Mission and Printery, & more) and Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand, and learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paihia travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Whangarei Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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