22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  3 h
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
Drive:  2 h
9
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
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.
For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland attractions planner.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Auckland due to the time zone difference. 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'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Whakatane.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors 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.

Plan a trip to Whakatane easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Whakatane takes 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in July since evenings lows in Whakatane dip to 7°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off to Auckland.

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Opotiki, Tauranga
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
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, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Whakatane to Auckland in 4 hours. When traveling from Whakatane in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. You will leave for Christchurch on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors 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.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Christchurch using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in July, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of 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 Parks
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) ©
Quake City ©
Quake City

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fyffe House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, trek along Ohau Stream Walk, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Emporium.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura online trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Hokitika.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
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), enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hokitika trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Hokitika in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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. On the 29th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Glacier Hot Pools and then explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Franz Josef day trip planning tool.

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 Nature Trails

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
Glacier Hot Pools ©
Glacier Hot Pools

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wanaka Lookout, Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, Skyline Queenstown, and other attractions you added.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour builder.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Wanaka Lookout, Doubtful Sound
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 list of things to see and do now includes Penguin Place, The Royal Albatross Centre, The World's Steepest Street, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Penguins Pukekura. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of The Royal Albatross Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Dunedin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car 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
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Aramoana Beach ©
Aramoana Beach

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; 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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