24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  21​h
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Bus:  4​h
3
Wanaka
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Austin

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Southward Car Museum. Get outdoors at Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Oriental Bay. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planning site .

Austin, USA to Wellington is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Wellington is 18 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in November: highs in Wellington hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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 Hooker Valley Track and Fox Glacier. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Matheson Walk and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Moraine Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours

3
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.
Get outdoors at Roys Peak Track and Mount Iron Track. Step off the beaten path and head to Wanaka and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) 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
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Queenstown Hill and Arrowtown Village. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Ben Lomond Track. Change things up with a short trip to The Chasm Walk in Te Anau (about 1h 35 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

Before you visit Queenstown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Arrowtown, The Chasm Walk
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Safaris

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Step off the beaten path and head to Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Whangarei Falls in Whangarei, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand.

You can plan Paihia trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Whangarei Falls, Pompallier Mission and Printery, KeriKeri New Zealand
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): hike along Ruakuri Walk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally Head underground at Ruakuri Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

Planning Waitomo Caves trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Government Gardens and Volcanic Hills Winery. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo), Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip builder .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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