22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  27​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
2
Whakatane
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
5
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Hokitika
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
9
Dunedin
— 2 nights
10
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: London

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.
To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland online itinerary planner .

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Auckland is 12 hours. While traveling from London, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Whakatane.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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4
nights
Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Maunganui Main Beach as well as Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Visiting Motu Trails and Motu Road will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Motu Trails - Day Adventures and Thornton Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Whakatane day trip site .

You can drive from Auckland to Whakatane in 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whakatane, with lows of 7°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off toAuckland.

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Opotiki, Tauranga
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
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Motu Road ©
Motu Road
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Motu Trails ©
Motu Trails

few
hours
Auckland

Auckland
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner .

Getting from Whakatane to Auckland by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Whakatane in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Brighton Beach, Christchurch Tramway, and other attractions.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in July since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Shopping Transportation
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
New Brighton Beach ©
New Brighton Beach

2
nights
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
You've added Fyffe House, Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, Dolphin & Whale Watching, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fyffe House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then stroll through Ohau Stream Walk, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally try for a hole-in-one at The Emporium.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kaikoura trip itinerary site .

Take a bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

2
nights
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glow Worm Dell, National Kiwi Centre and Lake Kaniere. On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hokitika trip planner .

Drive from Kaikoura to Hokitika in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Glow Worm Dell ©
Glow Worm Dell
Lake Kaniere ©
Lake Kaniere

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Glacier Hot Pools and Franz Josef Glacier. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Franz Josef Glacier. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Glacier Hot Pools and then view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Franz Josef trip website .

You can drive from Hokitika to Franz Josef in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Tours Trails Nature

Side Trip

ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier Guides ©
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery

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.
You've added Lake Wanaka Lookout, Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Skyline Queenstown, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Doubtful Sound, Lake Wanaka Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Shotover Jet ©
Shotover Jet

2
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Penguin Place, The Royal Albatross Centre, The World's Steepest Street, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Aramoana Beach and then get a dose of the wild on Blue Penguins Pukekura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then make a trip to The Royal Albatross Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin day trip planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Waikouaiti Beach, Moeraki Boulders Beach
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

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