23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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23 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  31​h
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Auckland Central
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
Toronto

2
days
Tongariro National Park

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Tongariro National Park is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tongariro National Park is 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls
River Rafting & Tubing

3
days
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.
Tamaki Maori Village and Buried Village of Te Wairoa will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Volcanic Hills Winery and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Maunganui Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo). Spend the 25th (Wed) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. It doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maunganui Beach, Huka Falls tracks
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Thermal Spas
Huka Falls tracks
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Oriental Bay, then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington travel planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in October, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Oriental Bay
Wellington Cable Car

3
days
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get some historical perspective at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Queenstown Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to The Remarkables Ski Area and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
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The Remarkables Ski Area
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and The Chasm Walk. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, take a memorable drive along Milford Sound, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822 and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Paihia tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Te Anau to Paihia takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oneroa Bay, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
days
Auckland Central

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 8th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden

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