22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (The Strand Beach, Omata Estate, &more). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. And it doesn't end there: hike along Horsemtrails, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, stroll through Tongariro Northern Circuit, and explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Paihia to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Visiting Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Rotorua are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 31st (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get in touch with nature at Gillespies Beach and Franz Josef Glacier. Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, Moraine Walk, &more).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) travel planner.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, trek along The Chasm Walk, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau journey maker site.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronet Peak and Zipline. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Bald Hills Cellar Door, see Off-Road Tours, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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