23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  28​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 45​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paihia journey planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Paihia is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Paihia is 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Taupo travel planner .

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Ohakune Old Coach Road. Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa road trip website .

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
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 18th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get in touch with nature at Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fox Route, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 22nd (Sat), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, and then hike along Kea Point Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mueller Hut Route and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village trip planning tool .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and The Chasm Walk. When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hollyford Track, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature 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

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 27th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then trek along Ben Lomond Track, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

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