22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 4 nights
2
Queenstown
— 5 nights
3
Christchurch
— 3 nights
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
5
Taupo
— 4 nights
6
Auckland
— 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Milford Sound and Trout Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Trout Observatory ©
Trout Observatory
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak, have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Family-friendly places like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, enjoy some diversion at Velocity Karts, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip maker tool.

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
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Christchurch Gondola ©
Christchurch Gondola
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the galleries of Kura Art Gallery, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, thencontemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, thenget engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in August, Wellington is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Attractions like Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Amokura Glass, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, &more) and Agrodome (in Ngongotaha). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, relax in the rural setting at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, and stop by Huka Honey Hive.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taupo online vacation planner.

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Horseback Riding Tours
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SkyTower and Virtual Reality Studio. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, make a trip to Alberton, learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Auckland journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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