22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  32​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
6
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Akaroa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Rome

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Chasm Walk and Lake Te Anau. Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Lake Gunn. Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Manapouri). The adventure continues: trek along Hollyford Track, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau road trip planning website .

Rome, Italy to Te Anau is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Rome to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

4
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.
Get outdoors at Queenstown Hill and Mount Iron Track. Step off the beaten path and head to Wanaka and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Wanaka (Fishing Charters & Tours & Rippon Vineyard). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip website .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

2
nights
Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 26th (Tue), make a short side trip with Day Trips and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Caveworld, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, and finally explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

4
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.
Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

1
night
Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Ohau Point Seal Colony and then look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony. Keep things going the next day: trek along Ohau Stream Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura day trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Kaikoura by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

2
nights
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
On the 6th (Fri), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Akaroa day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Akaroa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December in Akaroa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaroa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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