20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Franz Josef
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 12th (Tue), hike along Peters Pool Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, trek along Minnehaha Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Skydive Fox Glacier.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef trip maker website.

Wellington to Franz Josef is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 18th (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, take a pleasant ride with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip maker site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©

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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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, paddle through the water with Bay of Islands Kayaking, and find something for the whole family at Action World.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

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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 23rd (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Okere Falls Track. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Rotorua are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taupo road trip site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then hike along Ridge Track, then stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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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 31st (Sun): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington journey website.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
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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