23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Rovaniemi
Fly:  31​h
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  34​h
End: Rovaniemi

2
nights
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning tool .

Rovaniemi, Finland to Auckland is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Rovaniemi to Auckland. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in January: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 22°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Paihia itinerary planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves route builder website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Whakapapa

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, and make a trip to Amokura Glass.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner .

Getting from Whakapapa to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in February, you will find days in Wellington are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
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.
On the 13th (Thu), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary website .

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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