22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Hamilton
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Hamilton
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
2
Raglan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kawhia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
9
Queenstown
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
10
Te Anau
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
11
Kaikohe
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Kaitaia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
14
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
15
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
16
Dargaville
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
17
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
18
Thames
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
19
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
20
Waihi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Hamilton

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hamilton online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Hamilton. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Raglan.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head outdoors with Raglan Rock, then stroll through Ruapuke Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngarunui Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Raglan trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton to Raglan by car takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Raglan are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kawhia.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach

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Kawhia

Kawhia
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kawhia Hot Water Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kawhia road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Raglan to Kawhia takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Kawhia

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 13th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally trek along Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): engage your brain at Volcanic Activity Centre, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then find something for the whole family at Mind Junction, and finally look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo travel planner.

Getting from Kawhia to Taupo by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park ©
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip app .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 16th (Thu), get curious at Puke Ariki, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, then look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to New Plymouth takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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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 17th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner .

Fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 18th (Sat), examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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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 20th (Mon), hike along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kaikohe.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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Kaikohe

Kaikohe ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust and then grab your bike and head to Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kaikohe day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Kaikohe with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Kaikohe

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Highlights from your plan
The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust ©
The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust

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Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. On the 23rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Taipa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ninety Mile Beach, and then kick back and relax at Rarawa Beach.

Plan trip to Kaitaia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Kaikohe to Kaitaia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taipa Beach
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Rarawa Beach ©
Rarawa Beach

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
On the 24th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes and then get great views at Cape Reinga.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Reinga holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Te Paki Sand Dunes
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Action World, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paihia journey planner .

Getting from Cape Reinga to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): have fun at Adventure Forest, take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bream Head Coast Walks.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Whangarei itinerary planner.

Getting from Paihia to Whangarei by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dargaville.

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Whangarei Quarry Gardens ©
Whangarei Quarry Gardens

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Dargaville

Dargaville ©
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Trounson Kauri Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kai Iwi Sand Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baylys Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dargaville trip builder .

Getting from Whangarei to Dargaville by car takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Dargaville

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Trounson Kauri Park ©
Trounson Kauri Park

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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 28th (Tue): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Dargaville to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Thames.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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Thames

Thames ©
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum, then contemplate the long history of Burke Street Wharf, then admire the natural beauty at RAPAURA Watergardens, and finally stop by Watercolor Studio Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Thames route tool .

You can drive from Auckland to Thames in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Thames: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Thames

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
RAPAURA Watergardens ©
RAPAURA Watergardens

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Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to The Lost Spring, kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach, and then stroll through Hahei Beach Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Whitianga trip planner .

You can drive from Thames to Whitianga in 1.5 hours. In January in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Waihi.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hahei Beach Walk, Matarangi Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

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Waihi

Waihi ©
Waihi is a town in Hauraki District in the North Island of New Zealand, especially notable for its history as a gold mine town. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Anzac Bay, see the interesting displays at Spike's Bricks & Models, and then kick back and relax at Whiritoa Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Waihi trip tool .

You can drive from Whitianga to Waihi in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Waihi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anzac Bay, Whiritoa Beach
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Bay ©
Anzac Bay
Spike's Bricks & Models ©
Spike's Bricks & Models

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