19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Hamilton
— 1 night
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
7
Picton
— 2 nights
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Stockade Hill, thenget impressive views of Mount Eden, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. On your second day here, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and then take a stroll through Devonport.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Stockade Hill
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Wine Tours & Tastings
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton trip planner.

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

Things to do in Hamilton

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

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Te Puia and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Get in touch with nature at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakaari White Island Volcano. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and make a trip to Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rotorua vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Te Porere Redoubt (in Tongariro National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo journey app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. 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, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, shop like a local with Cuba Street, thenexplore the activities along Oriental Bay, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip maker.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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): contemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, thenlearn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, and then explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds. Keep things going the next day: hike along Queen Charlotte Track.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Picton trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Picton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April in Picton, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Hollyford Track and then contemplate the long history of One Mile Power House. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park and then steep yourself in history at Vesta Design Boutique.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Picton to Queenstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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