22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  30​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
4
Kaikoura
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Wanaka
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Paris

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Whangarei Falls. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia tour itinerary planner .

Paris, France to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Paris to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Whangarei Falls
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Caveworld, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

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

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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.
Visit Government Gardens and St Michael's Catholic Church for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Huka Honey Hive). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotorua vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Okere Falls, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ohau Stream Walk, then stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura road trip planning app .

Getting from Rotorua to Kaikoura by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Kaikoura

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roys Peak Track and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. There's more to do: trek along Mount Iron Track and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka trip planner .

Getting from Kaikoura to Wanaka by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate One Mile Power House and Vesta Design Boutique. Step off the beaten path and head to Queenstown Hill and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel planning app .

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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