24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Wellington
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Picton
— Few hours
car:  2​h 30​min
7
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Geraldine
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
12
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Curio Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Te Anau
— 2 nights
car:  3​h 30​min
15
Queenstown
— 1 night
car:  2​h 30​min
16
Wanaka
— 1 night
car:  4​h
17
Fox Glacier
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
18
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
19
Arthur's Pass National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
20
Murchison
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
21
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
22
Picton
— Few hours
ferry:  3​h 30​min
23
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
24
Turangi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
25
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
26
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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 30th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland holiday maker website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Matamata.
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Matamata itinerary website .

Getting from Auckland to Matamata by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Matamata, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Government Gardens, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Hells Gate. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online road trip planner .

Drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hells Gate
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Hells Gate ©
Hells Gate

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wairakei Terraces as well as Craters of the Moon. On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, take in a show at Wairakei Terraces, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo road trip planning website .

Take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Nightlife
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wairakei Terraces ©
Wairakei Terraces
Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon

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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.
Weta Workshop has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn and have fun at Weta Workshop, examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Classes Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Picton trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll set off for Kaikoura on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Ohau Stream Walk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Picton to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Christchurch Adventure Park as well as Banks Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at Christchurch Adventure Park and then go for a walk through Banks Peninsula.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Christchurch sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Geraldine.

Things to do in Christchurch

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Christchurch Adventure Park ©
Christchurch Adventure Park
Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

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Geraldine

Geraldine ©
Geraldine or Heratini is a town in the Canterbury Region on the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look and learn at Geraldine Observatory.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geraldine online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Geraldine takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Geraldine

Childrens Museums Museums
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Geraldine Observatory ©
Geraldine Observatory

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dark Sky Project as well as The Church of the Good Shepherd. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd and then get a taste of local nightlife at Dark Sky Project.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Geraldine to Lake Tekapo takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

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Oamaru

Oamaru ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moeraki Boulders Beach as well as Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. On the 8th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and then make a trip to Moeraki Boulders Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oamaru online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Oamaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Oamaru

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony ©
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
Moeraki Boulders Beach ©
Moeraki Boulders Beach

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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.
You've now added Cadbury World Experience to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dunedin online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Oamaru to Dunedin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula

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Curio Bay

Curio Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Curio Bay.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Curio Bay road trip website .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Curio Bay takes 3 hours. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bluff.

Things to do in Curio Bay

Outdoors

Side Trip

Curio Bay
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Curio Bay ©
Curio Bay

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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.
You've now added Lake Te Anau to your itinerary. On the 10th (Fri), get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Curio Bay to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Cromwell to Queenstown in an hour. You will leave for Cromwell on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, then trek along Mount Iron Track, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Trails
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Rippon Vineyard ©
Rippon Vineyard
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary app .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Nature Parks
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier and then hike along Peters Pool Walk.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef trip planner .

Franz Josef is just a stone's throw from Fox Glacier. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk

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Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park
To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arthur's Pass National Park trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass National Park. You'll set off for Murchison on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Murchison

Murchison ©
Murchison is a town in the Tasman Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Maruia Falls and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Murchison journey builder site .

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Murchison with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Murchison

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Maruia Falls ©
Maruia Falls

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Nelson

Nelson
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson trip planner .

You can drive from Murchison to Nelson in 2 hours. On the 17th (Fri), you're off toPicton.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Picton

Picton
To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Wellington

Wellington ©
You've now added Weta Workshop to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop.

Find out how to plan Wellington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Turangi.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Classes
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

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Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mead's Wall. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turangi trip builder website .

You can drive from Wellington to Turangi in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Turangi

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Mead's Wall
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turangi to Hamilton takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for Auckland on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Auckland

Auckland
To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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