21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Madrid
Fly:  28 h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Madrid

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 SkyTower and Cheltenham Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, do a tasting at Foxes Island, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online road trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Auckland is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Madrid to Auckland, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rainbow's End Theme Park, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Kids will enjoy Huka Prawn Park and Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Redwoods Treewalk, Te Puia, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and get in on the family fun at Mind Junction.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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 7th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

3
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, Moraine Walk, &more) and Franz Josef (Franz Josef Glacier & Terrace Walk).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Hapuka Estuary Walk
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Boat Tours & Water Sports, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau vacation planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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.
Attractions like Queenstown Ice Arena and Alpine Aqualand make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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