22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  31​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  34​h
End: Manchester

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 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, then stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, then stop by Newport Chocolates, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay, and finally look for gifts at South Sea Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary builder website .

Manchester, UK to Paihia is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Paihia is 12 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Do your shopping at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Huka Honey Hive. Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls tracks and Kinloch Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Thermal Spas & Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland).

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Spas Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Do some cultural sightseeing at Te Porere Redoubt and Taranaki Falls. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Horsemtrails, contemplate the geological forces at Mt Ruapehu, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and car. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Wellington Cable Car and Old St Paul's are in your itinerary. Visiting Lyall Bay and Oriental Bay will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for gifts at The Weta Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Days Bay.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip builder .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Great Alpine Highway, The Chocolate Story
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Great Alpine Highway ©
Great Alpine Highway

4
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 The Remarkables Ski Area and Speed Boats Tours. For shopping fun, head to The Barn or The Bead Shop. On the 4th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, do a tasting at Chard Farm Vineyard, look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

Discover how to plan a Queenstown trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

2
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.
On the 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, then look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

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Drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

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