19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hamilton
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Picton
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Tamworth

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Stockade Hill, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, head off the coast to Rangitoto Island, and then explore the activities along Devonport.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Stockade Hill
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hamilton day trip app .

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton New Zealand Temple ©
Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

2
nights
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 27th (Fri), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then Head underground at Caveworld, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Get outdoors at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church, and contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip planning tool .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Whakaari White Island Volcano
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from Taupo with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 4th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden. On your second day here, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, then take a stroll through Cuba Street, then kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner .

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Queen Charlotte Track.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Picton trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bladen Wines
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Hollyford Track and then steep yourself in history at One Mile Power House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park and then contemplate the long history of Vesta Design Boutique.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Picton to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Mount Aspiring National Park
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Zipline
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

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