22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Santa Rosa
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Santa Rosa

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.
On the 15th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, stroll through Lake Gunn, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Santa Rosa, Brazil to Te Anau is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 15 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): trek along Mueller Hut Route and then trek along Hooker Valley Track. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, trek along Kea Point Track, and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

Plan trip to Mt. Cook Village with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

2
nights
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 18th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier tour builder tool .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore and take pictures at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

2
nights
Paihia

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): trek along Tapeka Point Track and then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia online travel 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 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 28th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then make a trip to Mead's Wall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa day trip website .

Drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

2
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.
On the 30th (Mon), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Auckland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Auckland takes 4.5 hours. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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