21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Wellington
— 1 day
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
5
Auckland
— 1 night
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
8
Queenstown
— 2 nights
9
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights

1
day
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 1st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Wellington. In March in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 2nd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip site.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic natural features at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo tour builder app.

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 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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 8th (Mon): get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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.
On the 10th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Rotorua, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
On the 11th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Paihia trip website.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 15th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Hooker Valley Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). The adventure continues: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, contemplate the long history of River Walk, stroll through Moraine Walk, and push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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