19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Baltimore
Drive + 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
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Auckland
— 1 night
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Peter's Anglican Church and One Mile Power House. You'll explore and learn at Silver Fern Gallery and Ivan Clarke Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound & Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, browse the exhibits of Artbay Gallery, stroll the grounds of Queenstown Cemetery, and view the masterpieces at Hetties Rock & Crystal Shop.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown holiday planner .

Baltimore, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Te Anau
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Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hooker Valley Track and then take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier journey planning tool .

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef Glacier, Hooker Valley Track
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
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. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wellington by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Beaches Parks
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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 still lots to do: stroll through Kinloch Beach, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and trek along Huka Falls Walkway.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo online visit planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to 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
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

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 War Memorial 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 Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial 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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls and then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hinuera trip planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Hinuera in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Hinuera, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 52°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hinuera

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

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