22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive
4
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Duntroon
Drive
6
Twizel
Drive
7
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive
8
Lake Tekapo
Drive
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Bus
10
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
11
Picton
Ferry
12
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive
13
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
15
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
16
Hahei
— 1 night
Drive
17
Mangere
— 1 day
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

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 see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Auckland vacation planner.

Phoenix, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 19 hours. When traveling from Phoenix in April, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Queenstown.
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Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Queenstown — 2 nights

Shallow Bay

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 Glenorchy-Queenstown Road as well as Arrowtown Village. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Arrowtown Village. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Te Anau — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dunedin.
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Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
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Dunedin — 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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 Moeraki Boulders Beach, Elm Wildlife Tours and Otago Museum. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Otago Museum and then take a memorable tour with Elm Wildlife Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Duntroon.
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Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Duntroon

Duntroon is a small farming town in the Waitaki District of New Zealand's South Island. Your day by day itinerary now includes Elephant Rocks. On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to Elephant Rocks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Duntroon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Duntroon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Twizel.
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:
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Twizel

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Twizel trip planner.

You can drive from Duntroon to Twizel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Mt. Cook Village on the 11th (Thu).
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Mt. Cook Village — 1 night

Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hooker Valley Track as well as Kea Point Track. On the 11th (Thu), trek along Kea Point Track.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village attractions tool.

Mt. Cook Village is just a short distance from Twizel. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Lake Tekapo.
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Lake Tekapo

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
You've now added The Church of the Good Shepherd to your itinerary. On the 12th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Tekapo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Christchurch.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Christchurch are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. You will leave for Kaikoura on the 13th (Sat).
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

Kaikoura — 1 night

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Whale Watch Kaikoura. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Whale Watch Kaikoura, enjoy some diversion at The Emporium, and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kaikoura trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Picton.
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Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Picton

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Picton trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll set off for Wellington on the 14th (Sun).
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Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Wellington — 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pinnacles Track as well as Adventure Safari. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, then get behind the scenes with Adventure Safari, and then pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington vacation maker app.

You can ride a ferry from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Tongariro National Park — 2 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk as well as Ridge Track. On the 17th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tokaanu Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ridge Track, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and finally grab your bike and head to Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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 Redwoods Treewalk, Hobbiton Movie Set, Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church, then explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, and then make a trip to Te Puia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua travel route planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.
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Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Hamilton — 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park as well as Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Hamilton attractions app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Hahei on the 23rd (Tue).
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Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Hahei — 1 night

Cathedral Cove Walk has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Tue), trek along Cathedral Cove Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hahei trip planner.

Drive from Hamilton to Hahei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Hahei are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Mangere.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:
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Mangere — 1 day

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mangere travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Hahei to Mangere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to home.
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Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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