20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dunedin
— 1 day
2
Invercargill
— 1 night
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
4
Queenstown
— 1 night
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
6
Greymouth
— 1 day
7
Christchurch
— 1 night
8
Akaroa
— 1 night
9
Kaikoura
— 1 night
10
Picton
— 1 night
11
Wellington
— 1 night
12
New Plymouth
— 1 night
13
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
14
Rotorua
— 1 night
15
Taupo
— 1 night
16
Paihia
— 1 night
17
Auckland
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get curious at Otago Museum, thenrevel in the low prices at Happy Hens, and then identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin vacation site.

Singapore, Singapore to Dunedin is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Wildlife Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Happy Hens ©
Happy Hens

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, thenget engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, and then explore the world behind art at Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Invercargill travel planning tool.

Getting from Dunedin to Invercargill by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): trek along The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Invercargill to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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night
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 2nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then trek along Queenstown Hill.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), stroll through Mount Iron Track and then hit the slopes at Wanaka.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip tool.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Parish, stroll through West Coast Wilderness Trail, thenstroll through Point Elizabeth Walkway, and finally hike along Coal Creek Track.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Greymouth online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Greymouth with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Coal Creek Track, West Coast Wilderness Trail
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West Coast Wilderness Trail ©
West Coast Wilderness Trail
Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway
St Patrick's Parish ©
St Patrick's Parish

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Quake City, thenlearn about all things military at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Greymouth to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Quake City ©
Quake City
Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Margaret Mahy Family Playground

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night
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, thenbrowse the exhibits of The Giants House, thenview the masterpieces at Lava, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Akaroa trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaroa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, thenstroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura day trip website.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Kaikoura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 8th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then browse the exhibits of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Picton route planning website.

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Picton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Picton to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brooklands Zoo, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Taranaki Walkway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth road trip planning app.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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night
Waitomo Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally admire all the interesting features of Government Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rotorua travel planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Kayaking & Canoeing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Cheltenham Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Auckland Museum. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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