24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  32​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Hinuera
— 1 day
8
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  30​h
End: Glasgow

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Vineyard. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Queenstown Cemetery, get interesting insight from Tours, then learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Vineyard, and finally learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Wineries
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doubtful Sound as well as Milford Sound. Get outdoors at Routeburn Track and Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Change things up with a short trip to Pops View Look Out in Milford Sound (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pops View Look Out, Routeburn Track
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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.
You've now added Franz Josef Glacier to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Fox Glacier and Monro Beach. When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef, approximately 30 minutes away.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Fox Glacier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track, Monro Beach
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take a stroll through Port Hills, and then explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Mona Vale, then identify plant and animal life at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Christchurch in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Mona Vale ©
Mona Vale

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Whakapapa Nature Walk. Get some cultural insight at Ohakune Old Coach Road and Mt Ruapehu. When in Tongariro National Park, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, hike along Ridge Track, and explore and take pictures at Te Porere Redoubt.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Christchurch to Tongariro National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls tracks. Get some cultural insight at Government Gardens and Volcanic Hills Winery. Spend the 1st (Sun) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Te Puia, take a stroll through Eat Street, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua road trip app .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hinuera.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls Walkway
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
day
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Wairere Falls, have fun at Opal Hot Springs & Holiday Park, and then take a memorable excursion with Hobbiton Movie Set.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hinuera trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Rotorua to Hinuera in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April in Hinuera, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wairere Falls
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Auckland Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Parnell, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Auckland Central journey website .

Drive from Hinuera to Auckland Central in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hinuera in April since evenings lows in Auckland Central dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

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