20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 day
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 4 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stop by Pauanesia and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online vacation planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Auckland is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 6.5 hours. When traveling from Ahmedabad in December, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Tapeka Point Track & Pompallier Mission and Printery), Blue River Orchard (in Waipapa) and Kapiro Vineyard (in Kerikeri). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Paihia Bookshop, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Paihia day trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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 2nd (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Caveworld, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and stroll through Taranaki Falls.

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

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

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Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Souvenir Outlet.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip builder.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington trip builder website.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Hollyford Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

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, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Queenstown Mall, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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