23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8 h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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 9th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then find something for the whole family at Action World. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Paihia journey builder.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip website .

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Huka Prawn Park and Huka Honey Hive. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, experience rural life at aMAZEme, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

3
nights
Whakapapa

Go for a jaunt from Whakapapa to Turangi to see River Rafting & Tubing about 34 minutes away.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rotorua to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

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
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture, then enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and then enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whakapapa to Christchurch. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Gillespies Beach (in Fox Glacier). There's much more to do: stroll through Hooker Valley Track, trek along Kea Point Track, and get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Gillespies Beach, Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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 much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and enjoy some diversion at Break One.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline

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