22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

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 29th (Tue), look for gifts at Wild Wool Gallery, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Te Anau is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Manapouri, Fiordland National Park, Milford sound Hwy
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Milford sound Hwy ©
Milford sound Hwy
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Queenstown Hill and Off-Road Tours. Get outdoors at Coronet Peak and Ben Lomond Track. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Wanaka & Horseback Riding Tours). There's much more to do: get outside with Arrowtown Village, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and finally hike along Tunnel Beach Track. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, then look and learn at Otago Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dunedin online attractions planner .

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Tours Museums
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 6th (Wed), stop by Kaikoura Cheese, then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, and then don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Kaikoura takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Visit Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa for their historical value. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kaikoura to Rotorua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
On the 13th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, then snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Christ Church and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Whangarei Falls (in Whangarei), Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk (in Hikurangi) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and get engrossed in the history at Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planner .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Russell, Whangarei Falls, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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