22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  18​h
1
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Shanghai

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.
Get some cultural insight at Volcanic Hills Winery and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Get some historical perspective at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Spend the 9th (Sat) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a stroll through Eat Street, play a few rounds at FootGolf New Zealand, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online day trip planner .

Shanghai, China to Rotorua is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in June: high temperatures in Rotorua hover around 18°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Nature
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rotorua Museum ©
Rotorua Museum

2
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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 13th (Wed), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip maker website .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 15th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Monro Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk. Keep things going the next day: hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, hike along Franz Josef Glacier, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier travel planning website .

Getting from Wellington to Fox Glacier by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau tour planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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 some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Gibbston Valley Winery. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery

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.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Christ Church will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Ocean Beach and Oneroa Bay. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Paroa Bay Winery & Pompallier Mission and Printery). Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Thu) at Urupukapuka Island. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at South Sea Art, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, and contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia online itinerary planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Ocean Beach
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

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