19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Baltimore
Fly:  27 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Hinuera
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
End: Baltimore

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Ivan Clarke Gallery and Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum. St Peter's Anglican Church and Queenstown Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, and steep yourself in history at Historic Skippers School.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Queenstown online trip itinerary builder.

Baltimore, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to Queenstown is 17 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Te Anau
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Spas

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, stroll through Gillespies Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hooker Valley Track.

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Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hooker Valley Track, Franz Josef Glacier
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ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
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 18th (Mon), stop by Maori Arts Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Cuba Street, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and finally kick back and relax at Oriental Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, examine the collection at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Wellington are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Beaches
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Let the collections at Tukairangi Gallery and Taupo Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Lady Knox Geyser). There's lots more to do: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, try out the rides at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then examine the collection at Russell Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Masterpieces Art Gallery, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia road trip planning site.

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Russell Museum, Masterpieces Art Gallery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Mon), examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip site.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hinuera.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

3
nights
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls and then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hinuera online route planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hinuera takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Hinuera hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 52°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Hinuera

Nature Parks
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

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