20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  29​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: London

2
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, race across the water with a speed boat tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route builder website .

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), hike the day away at Kepler Track. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Lake Gunn, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, then have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, and then get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in April, Wellington is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Huka Prawn Park and Volcanic Activity Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Zipline). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get to know the resident critters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Volcanic Activity Centre ©
Volcanic Activity Centre

2
nights
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 10th (Fri), look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get in on the family fun at Action World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Sky Tower and Auckland War Memorial Museum will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Creek.

To plan Auckland vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Rainbow's End Theme Park
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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