22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
3
Wellington
— 6 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
6
Auckland
— 3 nights

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Milford Sound and Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
nights
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 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thendo a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and finally do a tasting at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Central Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Ivan Clarke Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, view the masterpieces at Artbay Gallery, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Queenstown route planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Great Alpine Highway. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Great War Exhibition and Southward Car Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Picton (Queen Charlotte Track & Marlborough Sounds) and Tonga Island Marine Reserve (in Abel Tasman National Park). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, hike along Catchpool Loop Walk, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To find out how to plan a trip to Wellington, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Picton, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Southward Car Museum, Catchpool Loop Walk
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, thenadmire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Taupo day trip planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Te Puia, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Auckland Museum and Devonport. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SkyTower and Mount Eden. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip app.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Butterfly Creek ©
Butterfly Creek

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