21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Vijayawada
Fly:  29 h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  32 h
End: Vijayawada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online vacation planner.

Vijayawada, India to Auckland is an approximately 29- hour flight. Traveling from Vijayawada to Auckland, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vijayawada in March, plan for colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip maker app.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Change things up with a short trip to Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial in Ohakune (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip app.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then 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. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in the exciting artwork at Artbay Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planning app.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, hike along Kepler Track, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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