19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Fly
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Wellington
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 4 nights
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Queenstown

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Arrowtown Village. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, hike along Queenstown Hill, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Queenstown is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Te Anau

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): hike along The Chasm Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then trek along Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Wellington takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Taupo

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 18th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, and finally hike along Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Taupo trip simple and quick.

Fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Government Gardens. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, trot along with a tour on horseback, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rotorua are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piripiri Cave Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip app.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Christchurch

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hagley Park and Quake City. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Swim with Dolphins & The Garden at French Farm). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, walk around Riccarton House & Bush, and make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.