23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Bus + Fly:  21​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Omarama
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  23​h 45​min
End: Milwaukee

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Bethells Beach. Get in touch with nature at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Browns Bay Beach. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Snells Beach (in Warkworth) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Auckland Winery, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Auckland travel planner .

Milwaukee, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Auckland. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Milwaukee in March, with highs in Auckland at 67°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Browns Bay Beach, Snells Beach, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, Villa Maria Auckland Winery
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Villa Maria Auckland Winery ©
Villa Maria Auckland Winery

few
hours
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): hike along Mt Crichton Loop Track and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown journey builder website .

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Omarama.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Omarama

Omarama ©
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. Get outdoors at Clay Cliff and Ladybird Hill. Explore hidden gems such as Lindis Pass and Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Totara Peak Gallery, appreciate the history behind Omarama Sheep Statue, and stop by Big Rooster Antiques & Collectables.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Omarama route builder site .

Drive from Queenstown to Omarama in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Te Anau on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Omarama

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Lake Benmore Hydro-Electric Power Station
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Lindis Pass ©
Lindis Pass
Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff
Totara Peak Gallery ©
Totara Peak Gallery

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and The Chasm Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Te Anau and Milford sound Hwy. Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along Kepler Track, and stroll through Gertrude Saddle.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau journey planning app .

Explore your travel options from Omarama to Te Anau with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at St Clair Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Relax by the water at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui), McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Cauldron, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, wander the streets of Eat Street, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Dunedin to Rotorua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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