24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10 h 30 min
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Taupo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Turangi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Wellington
— 1 night
ferry:  3 h 30 min
7
Picton
— Few hours
car:  2 h 30 min
8
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Geraldine
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Oamaru
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Dunedin
— 2 nights
drive:  3 h 30 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:  2 h 30 min
21
Picton
— 1 night
ferry:  3 h 30 min
22
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
23
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
24
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
25
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  15 h 15 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland sightseeing planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. You will leave for Matamata on the 1st (Wed).
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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. Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Matamata holiday tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Matamata. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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 Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Government Gardens and Hell's Gate. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Government Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua visit app.

You can drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hell's Gate
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Hell's Gate ©
Hell's 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 Craters of the Moon. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo road trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Trails
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon

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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. To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turangi trip tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Turangi in an hour. You will leave for Wellington on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Weta Workshop. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn something new at Weta Workshop and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turangi to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes Parks

Side Trip

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

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Picton

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Picton attractions planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. April in Picton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura holiday maker.

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

Things to do in Kaikoura

Trails Parks Outdoors
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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at Christchurch Adventure Park and then go for a walk through Banks Peninsula.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Kaikoura to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Christchurch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough 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): see the sky in a new way at Geraldine Observatory.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Geraldine trip website.

You can drive from Christchurch to Geraldine in 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

Museums Childrens 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 The Church of the Good Shepherd as well as Dark Sky Project. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd and then join in the after-dark buzz at Dark Sky Project.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo vacation tool.

Drive from Geraldine to Lake Tekapo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oamaru.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Nature 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), take a memorable tour with Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and then don't miss a visit to Moeraki Boulders Beach.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oamaru online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Oamaru in 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.
Cadbury World Experience has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin trip planner.

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

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Royal Albatross Centre ©
The Royal Albatross Centre
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens
Cadbury World Experience ©
Cadbury World Experience

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Te Anau as well as Milford Sound. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau. On the next day, explore the activities along Milford Sound and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown tour itinerary planning site.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fallen Soldiers Memorial ©
Fallen Soldiers Memorial

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Mount Iron Track, fly down the slopes at Wanaka, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip maker website.

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary app.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier takes 5 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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 15th (Wed): hike along Sentinel Rock Walk and then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef day trip planner.

Franz Josef is very close to Fox Glacier. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Wildlife Trails
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West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Sentinel Rock Walk ©
Sentinel Rock Walk

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Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arthur's Pass National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass National Park with the Route module. You will leave 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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Maruia Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Murchison trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Murchison with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Picton.

Things to do in Murchison

Parks Nature
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Maruia Falls ©
Maruia Falls

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Picton

Picton
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Picton road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Murchison to Picton in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Wellington on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Wellington

Wellington ©
Weta Workshop has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Fri), learn and have fun at Weta Workshop.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wellington road trip site.

You can drive from Picton to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 18th (Sat), stop by Giles Chocolatier, go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then engage your brain at Puke Ariki, and finally stroll around Pukekura Park.

Plan trip to New Plymouth with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park

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Hamilton

Hamilton
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hamilton using our trip planner.

Getting from New Plymouth to Hamilton by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Auckland

Auckland
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip builder app.

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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