22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milwaukee
Bus + Fly:  21 h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  21 h 15 min
End: Milwaukee

1
night
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 21st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, then look for gifts at Miller Road Fragrance Studio, and then kick back and relax at Tamaki Drive.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland using our trip planner.

Milwaukee, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Milwaukee to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Milwaukee in February, with highs in Auckland at 72°F and lows at 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Miller Road Fragrance Studio
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Hongi Hika Walk, get in on the family fun at Action World, and stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, stroll through Ben Lomond Track, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, trek along The Chasm Walk, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau planning site.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
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.
Attractions like Huka Prawn Park and Mind Junction make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (Redwoods Treewalk, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, &more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo route app.

Getting from Te Anau to Taupo by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hike along Taranaki Falls, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road, then admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mead's Wall.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves vacation maker website.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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