20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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

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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.
When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Blue River Orchard in Waipapa, approximately Waipapa away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, get in on the family fun at Action World, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia holiday planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paihia is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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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.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, then explore and take pictures at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk.

Make your Tongariro National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive 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
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. On the next day, stop by Souvenir Outlet, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo road trip tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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 13th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning website.

Fly from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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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 (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online road trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, trek along Hollyford Track, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. You will leave for Christchurch on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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

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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa). There's still lots to do: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, get into the urban bustle at The Arts Centre, and don't miss a visit to Diminish and Ascend.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Christchurch online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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