21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Riyadh

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, view the masterpieces at The Ivy Box, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Queenstown is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Queenstown is 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Break One ©
Break One

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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 8th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington journey tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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 16th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Rotorua in December, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and finally contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

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