24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 5 nights
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
7
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
8
Auckland
— 3 nights

5
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 out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Eglinton Valley, &more). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 8th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's lots more to do: trek along Hollyford Track, stroll through Lake Gunn, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

Christchurch to Te Anau is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn 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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenadmire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): hike along Mounds Walk, hike along Ridge Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, thenadmire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, thenhike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): trek along Huka Falls Walkway, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Volcanic Activity Centre, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thenexplore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Turangi
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mountain Jade, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally trek along Lake Okareka Walkway.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rotorua online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
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.
Take a break from Waitomo Caves with a short trip to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua, about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take a memorable tour with Tours, and head off the coast to Kapiti Island.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Kapiti Island
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ©
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

3
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.
On the 25th (Thu), go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenadmire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

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You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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