24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel planner
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
2
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lake Tekapo
Drive
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Picton
— 1 night
Ferry
8
Wellington
Drive
9
Taupo
Drive
10
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Coromandel
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
13
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive
14
Kerikeri
Drive
15
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Queenstown — 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cardrona Distillery, Minus 5° ICE BAR and Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Queenstown holiday builder tool.

Perth, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Queenstown, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Wanaka.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Wanaka — 1 night

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): fly down the slopes at Wanaka, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka trip maker site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 2 nights

On the 4th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Lake Tekapo.
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Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, and then test the waters at Tekapo Springs.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Lake Tekapo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Christchurch.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Christchurch — 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre and then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch day trip site.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kaikoura.
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Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Kaikoura — 2 nights

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kaikoura online road trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Kaikoura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Picton.
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Picton — 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds, take in the pleasant sights at Karaka Point Walk, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Planning Picton trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

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.
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Picton to Wellington in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

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.
To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taupo day trip site.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Rotorua on the 11th (Wed).
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Rotorua — 3 nights

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 11th (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Coromandel.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Coromandel — 2 nights

Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Waiau Kauri Grove, look for gifts at The Coromandel Smoking Co., and then make a trip to The 309 Road. Keep things going the next day: boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Coromandel online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Coromandel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Auckland — 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip maker app.

You can drive from Coromandel to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Coromandel in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Paihia — 3 nights

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 18th (Wed), look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder website.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Kerikeri.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Kerikeri

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kerikeri trip planner.

Kerikeri is very close to Paihia. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Waitomo Caves.
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Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Waitomo Caves — 1 night

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.
For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip planning website.

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Kerikeri to Waitomo Caves in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You will leave for Wellington on the 21st (Sat).
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Wellington — 2 nights

Harbour Capital

Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and then look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip app.

Fly from Waitomo Caves to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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Waikato Region travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Waterfalls · Caves
Just south of Auckland lies Waikato Region, an area with a temperate climate and swathes of lush, green farmland. Hike around the foothills and pastures where Peter Jackson filmed "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit," or head underground into the vast and numerous cave systems. Whether you're an expert or want something a little more placid, you'll find plenty of outdoorsy things to do in Waikato Region. A rich biodiversity entertains nature lovers and birdwatchers, while the coastline offers some of the country's best surfing locations.
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Northland Region travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Waterfalls · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tail of the Fish
Boasting a sub-tropical climate and two extensive coastlines, Northland Region makes a great destination for those who love water sports, marine life, and relaxing on the beach. A holiday in Northland Region can include dolphin-watching boat cruises, snorkeling and diving opportunities, and sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. However, venture farther inland and you'll find still more to enjoy. As a hub of Maori culture and communities, historical sites important to the story of the nation, and staggering biodiversity in native forests, the interior of Northland Region offers a wealth of experiences to complement its two coasts.
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