22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  27 h
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Abel Tasman National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nelson
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Blenheim
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Kaikoura
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Nelson
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Lake Tekapo
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
10
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
11
Twizel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  1 h 30 min
13
Te Anau
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
14
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
15
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
16
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
17
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
18
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
19
Auckland
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
20
Waiheke Island
— 1 day
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
21
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Manchester

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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.
For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary builder tool.

Manchester, UK to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Auckland is 12 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Nelson on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Tahunanui Beach, examine the collection at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nelson driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Nelson in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): Head underground at Rawhiti Cave Track, thentrek along Wainui Falls Track, thenstroll through Abel Tasman Coast Track, and finally stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the exciting artwork at Sculpture705 Lollokiki, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs).

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park vacation maker.

Explore your travel options from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Rawhiti Cave Track, Kaiteriteri Beach, Sculpture705 Lollokiki
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)

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Nelson

Nelson ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, examine the collection at Nelson Provincial Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, thenlearn about winemaking at Rimu Grove Winery, and finally explore the striking landscape at The Boulder Bank.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abel Tasman National Park to Nelson. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Rimu Grove Winery, The Boulder Bank
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary ©
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum
Rimu Grove Winery ©
Rimu Grove Winery

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Blenheim

Blenheim
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Blenheim trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nelson to Blenheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Blenheim are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for Kaikoura on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Outdoors Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 16th (Mon), trek along Ohau Stream Walk, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, thenget engrossed in the history at Kaikoura Museum, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura visit planning tool.

You can drive from Blenheim to Kaikoura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Nelson

Nelson
You can plan Nelson trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Nelson takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, thenexamine the collection at Quake City, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelson to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Wineries Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Pegasus Bay Winery ©
Pegasus Bay Winery
Quake City ©
Quake City

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Mount John University Observatory, see Off-Road Tours, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, thenpause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Kea Point Track, see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and then hike along Glencoe Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Twizel.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

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Twizel

Twizel ©
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables, take in the exciting artwork at Totara Peak Gallery, and then explore the striking landscape at Clay Cliff.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Twizel trip planner.

Twizel is just a short distance from Mt. Cook Village. You will leave for Wanaka on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Twizel

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Omarama
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Totara Peak Gallery ©
Totara Peak Gallery
Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff
Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables ©
Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables

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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 20th (Fri), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, thenlearn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and then see the interesting displays at National Transport and Toy Museum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Wanaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Twizel to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Wildlife Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard
National Transport and Toy Museum ©
National Transport and Toy Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. You will leave for Queenstown on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Te Anau

Golf Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Te Anau Golf Club ©
Te Anau Golf Club
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum

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Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

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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 23rd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, thenwander the streets of Cuba Street, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington driving holiday website.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Shopping Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, thentake in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, thenidentify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, thensteep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip maker.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Classics Museum, get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, thenadmire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, and finally examine the collection at Waikato Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton day trip planning app.

Drive from Rotorua to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Classics Museum ©
Classics Museum

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Auckland

Auckland
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland route planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Stony Batter, do a tasting at Kennedy Point Vineyard, do a tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard, thenlearn about winemaking at Obsidian Vineyard, thenexplore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Man O' War Vineyards.

To plan Waiheke Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can ride a ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Waiheke Island: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland route planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 2 hours. While traveling from Waiheke Island, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Piha Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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